5% of Americans Exercise Daily

A recent survey found that most Americans do not get daily exercise. In fact, “only about 5% of American adults do some type of vigorous physical activity on any given day, according to the results of a new study.” 5%?? Wow! I was floored by that number. I was not expecting it to be so low.

The article went on to describe the sedentary lifestyles of Americans.  For example, many people reported that their only form of exercise was from “eating and drinking (95.6%) and watching television/movies (80.1%), or light activities such as washing, dressing and grooming (78.9%), and driving a car, truck or motorcycle (71.4%).”

QUESTION: How often do you exercise? How do you fit it into your busy schedule?

One of the biggest complaints people have about how hard it is to lose weight is: “I don’t have time to exercise.”

My school of thought is that there are always ways to find time to exercise and it makes me feel better to move so I love doing it! I always find time to fit in my workouts. It’s important to me.

There are ways to fit it in. I walk 2 miles to my office from where I park. I could easily take the bus (and if it’s pouring rain I often to opt for the bus) but walking briskly for 25 minutes to work makes me alert and happy.

When I was running, I ran on my lunch break. It saved me money because I didn’t eat lunch out, and I also didn’t go shopping on my lunch break. 🙂

I make sure to find time to work out on the weekends because I have more free time and the gym is usually less crowded.

Don’t get me wrong…there are definitely days when I’m feeling less than motivated. Most of the time I get over that once I drag my butt to the gym. Then I get amped up and have a good workout.

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”  ~Plato

QUESTION: How to do you motivate yourself to workout and not fall off the wagon?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

12 thoughts on “5% of Americans Exercise Daily”

  1. Holy cow. How does one classify “eating and drinking” as exercise? These statistics, while not surprising, are terrifying! None of those classify as an activity! Yikes!!

    I take walks at work. Not only do they get me moving, but they are a great reset button for my stress and worries. I come back to my desk with a clear head and renewed resolve to do the tasks at hand. In fact, I think I shall go for a walk right now…

  2. Oh man…. wow… :-/ Working out for me is therapy.. LOL. 🙂 I’ve also been training for my first 1/2 marathon… which is tomorrow….. A goal is always a motivator. 🙂

      1. My “therapy” about killed me today! LOL. But I finished! 5 hours… I’m happy! I’m excited that you’re easing back into running… I don’t know what I would do… However, you’ve given me some amazing gym/weight tips.. so, uhhh… Thanks for getting hurt.. ;-p

  3. I think my jaw litterally dropped open reading that statistic. I wouldn’t have expected it to be so low, either.

    You asked how we fit being active into our busy schedules… the answer for me is, my life revolves around fitness. I get up, I go to work, I go to the gym, I come home, I walk or jog with my dog, eat, sleep, and repeat the next day. I don’t have time for much else, because I’m at the day 5 or 6 days a week, which is what’s necessary for me to lose weight. It’s…annoying, in a way. But I know I’d be so much more unhappy gaining back all the weight I’ve lost. I just wish there were more hours in the day.

  4. I so agree with you. There is ALWAYS time to exercise. I make my time in the mornings before anyone get up. Yes, I need to set the alarm for one hour earlier than normal but it is so worth it. How do I motivate myself? By visualising my goal of competing in a fitness competition and to be a personal trainer one day.

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