Many teens and young adults, particularly women and girls, are physically inactive, a new study reveals. Girls, black people, and kids from poorer families are least likely to meet exercise guidelines, according to the report on teens and young adults aged 12 to 29.
For teens, guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. Adults should get 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous physical activity, or a mix of the two.
The research study analyzed responses of nearly 9,500 teens and young adults who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 through 2016. Participants were asked about their exercise habits.
Overall, females were less active than males. At the high end, almost 90 percent of white teen boys said they got some physical activity. At the low end, just 45 percent of black women in their late 20s reported any exercise.
Exercise is essential for preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and a host of other ailments in adulthood. Physical activity is a powerful, inexpensive, vitalizing medicine.
Finally, fewer people are smoking. Now poor diet and lack of exercise still need to be addressed.
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