SATURDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Only about 5 percent of
American adults do some type of vigorous physical activity on any
given day, according to the results of a new study.
Researchers analyzed 2003-2008 data from nearly 80,000
participants, aged 20 and older, in the American Time Use Survey, a
national telephone-based poll that asked people what they did in
the preceding 24 hours.
Most respondents reported sedentary activities such as eating
and drinking (95.6 percent) and watching television/movies (80.1
percent), or light activities such as washing, dressing and
grooming (78.9 percent), and driving a car, truck or motorcycle
The most frequently reported moderate activities were food and
drink preparation (25.7 percent) and lawn, garden and houseplant
care (10.6 percent), lead investigator Catrine Tudor-Locke,
director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington
Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., and colleagues
Only 5 percent of respondents reported vigorous physical
activities, including using cardiovascular exercise equipment (2.2
percent) and running (1.1 percent).
The survey findings are published online and in the October
print issue of the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
"On any given day, most U.S. adults reported performing predominantly sedentary and light activities. The greatest prevalence for reported moderate activities was food and drink preparation for both men (12.8 percent) and women (37.6 percent)," the authors wrote in the report.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines
recommended levels of physical activity.