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Percentage of Americans Getting Regular Exercise Declines, Survey Finds
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Jan. 21, 2010 -- There is a lot of talk about exercise this time of year, as out-of-shape Americans turn over new leaves, make New Year's resolutions, and plunk down cash for gym memberships.
But don't let the talk fool you. Only about half of Americans exercise regularly (at least three sessions a week for 30 minutes at a time), and the percentage of exercisers declined last year compared to 2008. These are some of the findings in the latest survey by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
For the annual study, researchers interview about 1,000 people per day. In a typical month, 28,000 to 30,000 interviews are conducted. The margin of error for monthly results is +/- 0.6 percentage point. Respondents are asked to report how many days in the past seven days they exercised for at least a half hour.
Other findings include:
SOURCES: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.