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    Half of Adults Do Zero Exercise

    Almost half of US adults are 'couch potatoes' managing absolutely no exercise, a new study has shown.

    Using data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that a quarter of adults sit for more than eight hours per day and one in 10 are physically inactive.

    In fact, just 2.6 percent of the population sits for less than four hours a day.

    Lack of exercise and being sedentary are both well-known to increase the risk of several health problems including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

    The team, led by the University of Pennsylvania, says understanding the prevalence of these behaviors could help doctors determine whether to prioritize interventions focusing on sedentary time, physical activity or both.

    For the study, which was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed data from the 2015-16 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

    The survey assesses the health of adults and children in the US and tracks changes over time.

    Sedentary behavior was measured as time spent sitting down with examples including at a desk at work, traveling in a car, watching TV or using a computer.

    It was assessed with the question: 'How much time do you usually spend sitting on a typical day?'

    Participants could answer in categories of zero to less than four hours, four to less than six hours, six to eight hours, and more than eight hours per day

    The respondents also reported the frequency and duration of physical activity during a typical week.

    This was calculated using current guidelines as inactive (no moderate-or-vigorous intensity activity), insufficiently active (some but not enough to meet the definition), sufficiently active (150 to 300 minutes per week) or highly active (more than 300 minutes per week).

    Researchers discovered that 26 percent of US adults sit for more than eight hours per day and 45 percent are physically inactive.

    Even more surprising, one in 10 US adults are both.

    The smallest proportion sat for less than four hours per day and were sufficiently active - a mere 2.6 percent.

    'Both high sedentary behavior and physical inactivity have negative health effects, and evidence suggests the risk of premature mortality is particularly elevated when they occur together,' said Dr Emily Ussery, an epidemiologist at the CDC.

    'Evidence-based strategies to reduce sitting time, increase physical activity, or both would potentially benefit most US adults, particularly older adults.'

    The benefits of exercise are well-known. It can reduce the risk of major illnesses, such as stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50 percent and lower risk of early death by 30 percent.

    Moreover, regular physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing the risk of stress, depression and dementia.

    New guidelines released last week by the US Department of Health and Human Services urge Americans that any bit of physical activity is important /

    It's an attempt to raise the bar higher - previously, guidelines said adults should be aiming for at least 10 minutes of aerobic activity a day.

    But adherence has been low, so scientists are now changing tact, encouraging people to see the benefit in any bit of movement - even if it just last two or three minutes.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...d-8-hours.html

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    It is this half of the population that is causing those who choose to exercise to pay higher insurance premiums.

    To me, engaging in a lifetime interest in achieving and maintaining a state of physical and mental excellence has been a worthwhile goal that has paid dividends in more ways than one.

    Vigorous exercise can be a wonderfully euphoric experience that definitely improves mental acuity, physical agility, and reaction time. Exercise also improves sexual performance, appearance, and helps curb episodes of depression by releasing endorphins.

    I just can't fathom why everyone who is able doesn't choose to exercise regularly.
    “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” Robert A. Heinlein

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    That's why this country is full of Fatbodies.
    American by birth, made of parts from Emmingen, Baden-Württemberg.

    Der Familie Rentz seit 1535 - Meine Ehre heißt Treue

    Das Leben ist zu kurz, um billiges Bier zu trinken!


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    Most people are too busy working themselves to death to do any exercise.

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    Oh, I have though that USA is exactly the dream land of all kinds of exercise equipments .

    Even Chuck Norris went advertised one of these ... and there needs to be thousands of similar/bit different available for American consumers. And next month again something new to buy ... LOL.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Oh, I have though that USA is exactly the dream land of all kinds of exercise equipments .

    Even Chuck Norris went advertised one of these ... and there needs to be thousands of similar/bit different available for American consumers. And next month again something new to buy ... LOL.

    You're absolutely right, FS. I roll my eyes and shake my head in disgust at the myriad of ridiculous gadgets, gizmos, and fad diets that are promoted by compensated celebrities.

    Lilly and I have a home gym equipped with just the practical equipment necessary to provide us with the necessary tools to help us perform our respective workout regimens... And I can assure you, this equipment doesn't ever collect dust.
    “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” Robert A. Heinlein

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    I just get out and walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astragoth View Post
    I just get out and walk.
    Walking is cool too.
    Not all in life is at it appears to be.

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    Something is going to kill you eventually so I find these 'studies' rather pointless. There is nothing wrong with a bit of exercise but exercise does not have to mean pretending to be Arnold Schwarzenegger! It also depends upon age. As a man of nearly 60 years of age I get all my exercise walking-I have never had a driving licence. My late father who lived to be 103 always used to say that his doctor's advice to him was that a brisk walk is the best form of exercise.
    How often do we see men who are old enough to know better dying suddenly from violent exercise in a gym or jogging?

    The best form of exercise-and it is entirely free apart from shoe leather!

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    Most people are too busy working themselves to death to do any exercise.
    Indeed and western governments do not want you living any longer than your usefulness as a wage slave!

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    Are martial arts popular in USA?

    How about figure skating (among of girls)?

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