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No leisure-time physical activity, adults, 1997–2012

Decrease Desired

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, and are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population. No physical activity is defined as: never or are unable to do light or moderate physical activity for at least 20 minutes (at least 10 minutes after 1997) and never or are unable to do vigorous physical activity for at least 20 minutes (at least 10 minutes after 1997).

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who engaged in no leisure-time physical activity decreased 25.6% between 1997 and 2012, from 39.8% to 29.6% (age adjusted), and varied by sex. For example, in 2012, 30.8% (age adjusted) of females aged 18 and over engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, compared with 28.3% of males aged 18 and over.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

No leisure-time physical activity, adults, 1997, 2010, and 2012

Decrease Desired

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who engaged in no leisure-time physical activity. No physical activity is defined as: never or are unable to do light or moderate physical activity for at least 20 minutes (at least 10 minutes after 1997) and never or are unable to do vigorous physical activity for at least 20 minutes (at least 10 minutes after 1997). 

Confidence Interval = 95% confidence interval.

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who engaged in no leisure-time physical activity increased with age. For example, in 2012, 22.7% of adults aged 18–24 engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, compared with 25.0% of adults aged 25–44, 31.6% of adults aged 45–64, 35.5% of adults aged 65–74, and 51.0% of adults aged 75 and over.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

No leisure-time physical activity, adults, 2012

Decrease Desired

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, and are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population. No physical activity is defined as: never or are unable to do light or moderate physical activity for at least 20 minutes (at least 10 minutes after 1997) and never or are unable to do vigorous physical activity for at least 20 minutes (at least 10 minutes after 1997). Respondents were asked to select one or more races. The single race categories listed include persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Data by education are for persons aged 25 and over. 

Confidence Interval= 95% confidence interval.

In 2012, 29.6% (age adjusted) of adults aged 18 and over engaged in no leisure-time physical activity. This rate varied by sex, race and ethnicity, education, and activity limitation status:

  • 30.8% (age adjusted) of females aged 18 and over engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, compared with 28.3% of males aged 18 and over.

  • 26.0% (age adjusted) of non-Hispanic white adults aged 18 and over engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, compared with 28.5% of Asian, 29.7% of American Indian or Alaska Native, 38.9% of non-Hispanic black, and 39.6% of Hispanic or Latino adults aged 18 and over. The rates for non-Hispanic black and Hispanic or Latino adults were both approximately one a half times the rate for non-Hispanic white adults.

  • 50.3% (age adjusted) of adults aged 25 and over with less than a high school education engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, more than one and a half times the rate for those with some college education, 29.7%, and nearly three times the rate for those with an advanced degree, 13.3%.

  • 48.3% (age adjusted) of adults aged 18 and over with activity limitations engaged in no leisure-time physical activity, nearly twice the rate for adults without activity limitations, 25.7%.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

Meeting guidelines for aerobic physical activity, adults, 2012

Increase Desired

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity (at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous physical activity, or an equivalent combination) and are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population. Respondents were asked to select one or more races. The single race categories listed include persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Data by education are for persons aged 25 and over. 

Confidence Interval= 95% confidence interval.

In 2012, 50.0% (age adjusted) of adults aged 18 and over met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity (at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous physical activity, or an equivalent combination). This rate varied by sex, race and ethnicity, education, and activity limitation status:

  • 53.8% (age adjusted) of males aged 18 and over met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity, compared with 46.5% of females aged 18 and over.

  • 53.5% (age adjusted) of non-Hispanic white adults aged 18 and over met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity, compared with 49.1% of Asian, 46.2% of American Indian or Alaska Native, 42.4% of Hispanic or Latino, and 40.9% of non-Hispanic black adults aged 18 and over. The rate for non-Hispanic white adults was nearly one and a half times the rates for both Hispanic or Latino and non-Hispanic black adults.

  • 66.4% (age adjusted) of adults aged 25 and over with an advanced degree met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity, nearly one and a half times the rate for those with some college education, 48.7%, and more than twice the rate for those with less than a high school education, 31.2%.

  • 53.9% (age adjusted) of adults aged 18 and over without activity limitations met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity, almost twice the rate for adults with activity limitations, 30.5%.

Revised: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Meeting guidelines for aerobic physical activity, adolescents, 2011

Increase Desired

SOURCE: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), CDC/NCCDPHP.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of students in grades 9–12 who met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity (at least 60 minutes per day on seven of the past seven days). Respondents were asked to select one or more races. The single race categories listed include persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. 

Confidence Interval = 95% confidence interval.

In 2011, 28.7% of students in grades 9–12 met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity (at least 60 minutes per day on seven of the past seven days). This rate varied by sex, race and ethnicity, and grade:

  • 38.3% of males in grades 9–12 met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity, more than twice the rate for females in grades 9–12, 18.5%.

  • 32.2% of American Indian or Alaska Native students in grades 9–12 met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity, compared with 30.4% of non-Hispanic white, 28.6% of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 26.5% of Hispanic or Latino, 26.0% of non-Hispanic black, and 22.0% of Asian students in grades 9–12. Except for the difference between American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian students, where the rate for the former was about one a half times the rate for the latter, rate differences relative to the American Indian or Alaska Native population were not statistically significant.

  • 30.8% of 10th graders met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity, compared with 30.7% of 9th graders, 27.3% of 11th graders, and 25.1% of 12th graders. Except for the difference between 10th graders and 12th graders, rate differences relative to 10th graders were not statistically significant.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

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Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014