The More You Know...


About the lack of physical activity in America:

  • More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.

  • Data from 2009-2010 indicates that over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.

About the benefits of physical activity:

  • Physical activity helps to reduce body fat by building or preserving muscle mass and improving the body's ability to use calories. When physical activity is combined with proper nutrition, it can help control weight and prevent obesity, a major risk factor for many diseases.

  • Studies on the psychological effects of exercise have found that regular physical activity can improve your mood and the way you feel about yourself. Researchers have found that exercise is likely to reduce depression and anxiety and help you to better manage stress.

  • Only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity. People who are physically active for about 7 hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week.

  • Everyone can gain the health benefits of physical activity - age, ethnicity, shape or size do not matter.

About the costs of obesity:

  • The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering.

  • Projections estimate that by 2018, obesity will cost the U.S. 21 percent of our total healthcare costs - $344 billion annually.

About what is taking physical activity's place:

  • Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, videogames, computer).

  • Nearly one-third of high school students play video or computer games for 3 or more hours on an average school day.

  • Gamers age 18 or older represent 72 percent of the video game-playing population, and the average gamer is 35 years old

The more you know about these statistics, the better prepared you can be to do something to improve your physical activity levels. It's not always easy to get up and moving, especially with access to limitless tv, video games and the internet, but with companies like SymGym, it is easier than ever to combine these activities to get your heart pumping and your trigger fingers moving! 

You can find these statistics and more at: ESA,CDCHHS.

Robert Quinn