Older Americans, or those at least 50 years old need to get out of their
sedentary lifestyles and get some physical activity going, according to the
survey done by the U.S. government.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report that
31 million Americans over 50 do not exercise, which makes them more susceptible
to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
‘Inactivity seems to increase as Americans get older. 25 percent of the respondents aged 50 to 64 were inactive, as to 27 percent of those aged 65 to 74, and 35 percent of those aged 75 and above.’
According to co-author Janet Fulton, head of Physical Activity and Health in
the CDC, physical activity is also a valuable tool in promoting "healthier and
more vibrant communities."
Fulton and her fellow researchers studied the results of a 2014 health
survey that centered on people at least 50 years of age. In this survey, the
facilitators defined inactivity as only moving around to do routine tasks. And
with that definition in mind, 31 million Americans over 50 were considered
"inactive," or about 29 percent of female respondents and close to 26 percent
In terms of racial demographics, about a third of African-American and
Hispanic respondents were classified as inactive, while 26 percent of
Caucasians fit that description.
Southerners (30 percent) were most likely to be inactive, with those in
Arkansas being the least active, as only 61 percent of respondents admitted to
exercising daily. Colorado, on the other hand, was the most physically active
state for older Americans, as 82 percent said they exercise on a daily basis.
In addition to those findings, the CDC also discovered that inactivity seems
to increase as Americans get older. 25 percent of the respondents aged 50 to 64
were inactive, as to 27 percent of respondents aged 65 to 74, and 35 percent of
those aged 75 and above.