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Percentage of adults who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

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Physical Inactivity: South Carolina

South Carolina Physical Inactivity (1997-2014) see more
  • Percent of adults who indicated that they have not participated in any physical activities outside of work during the past month.
  • Percentage of adults who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

Physical Inactivity

United States Physical Inactivity (1997-2014) see more
  • Percent of adults who indicated that they have not participated in any physical activities outside of work during the past month.
  • Percentage of adults who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)
Ranking Value State
1 17.9 Colorado
2 18.5 Oregon
3 20 Washington
4 20.5 Vermont
5 20.6 Utah
6 21.4 California
7 22.1 Hawaii
8 22.3 Alaska
9 22.4 New Hampshire
10 22.5 Montana
11 23.3 Maine
12 23.5 Massachusetts
12 23.5 Minnesota
14 23.7 Idaho
14 23.7 Nevada
16 23.8 South Dakota
16 23.8 Wisconsin
18 24.3 New Mexico
19 24.4 Michigan
20 24.9 Connecticut
21 25.1 Illinois
21 25.1 Wyoming
23 25.2 Arizona
24 25.3 Maryland
24 25.3 Nebraska
26 25.5 Virginia
27 26.3 Pennsylvania
28 26.5 Kansas
29 26.6 North Carolina
30 26.7 New York
31 26.8 New Jersey
32 26.9 Rhode Island
32 26.9 South Carolina
34 27.2 Georgia
35 27.6 North Dakota
36 27.7 Florida
37 27.8 Delaware
38 28.3 Missouri
39 28.5 Iowa
39 28.5 Ohio
41 30.1 Texas
42 30.2 Kentucky
43 31 Indiana
44 31.4 West Virginia
45 31.5 Alabama
46 32.2 Louisiana
47 33 Oklahoma
48 34.4 Arkansas
49 37.2 Tennessee
50 38.1 Mississippi

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Overview

Physical Inactivity is the percentage of adults who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days. The 2013 ranks are based on self-report data from CDC’s 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). In the 2012 Edition, physical inactivity was referred to as sedentary lifestyle. Because of the 2011 change in BRFSS methodology, physical inactivity prevalence from the 2012 Edition onward cannot be directly compared to estimates from previous years (see Methodology).

The prevalence of physical inactivity ranges from a high of 35.2% of adults in MIssissippi to 16.2% of adults in Colorado. The national median of adults who do not engage in physical activity is 23.5%, a slight increase from 22.9% of adults in the 2013 Edition. For physical inactivity prevalence by state and age, gender, race/ethnicity, urbanicity, income, or education level, see Health Disparities within States.

Regular physical activity is one of the most important elements of a healthy lifestyle. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following physical activity guidelines for adults[1]:

  • All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.
  • For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.
  • For additional and more extensive health benefits, adults should increase their aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes a week of moderate intensity, or 150 minutes a week of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity. Additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity beyond this amount.
  • Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits.

Physical inactivity increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and premature death[2] [3] and it is responsible for an estimated $24 billion in direct medical spending.[4] Increasing physical activity, especially from a complete absence, can not only prevent numerous chronic diseases; it can also help to manage them.[5] It is estimated that physical inactivity is responsible for almost 200,000 or 1 in 10 deaths each year.[6] Physical inactivity is associated with many social and environmental factors as well, including low educational attainment, socioeconomic status, violent crime, and poverty.[7] Even moderate increases in physical activity can greatly reduce risk for adverse health outcomes. The CDC has put together resources and tips on how to add physical activity to your life.

Healthy People 2020’s objective is to reduce the proportion of adults who engage in no leisure-time physical activity by 10.0 percent. In addition, HP2020 has a leading health indicator to increase the proportion of adults who meet objectives for aerobic physical activity and for muscle-strengthening activity.

 



[1] US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 2008 Physical activity guidelines for Americans. http://www.health.gov/PAGuidelines/pdf/paguide.pdf. Accessed October 7, 2013.

[2] Hu FB. Sedentary lifestyle and risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lipids. 2003;38(2):103.

[3] King AC. Environmental and policy approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention through physical activity: Issues and opportunities. Health Education Behavior. 1995;22(4):499.

[4] Colditz GA. Economic costs of obesity and inactivity. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999;31(11 Suppl):S663-7.

[5] Weiler R, Stamatakis E, Blair S. Should health policy focus on physical activity rather than obesity? Yes. BMJ. 2010;340(7757):1170-1171.

[6] Danaei G. The preventable causes of death in the United States: Comparative risk assessment of dietary, lifestyle, and metabolic risk factors. PLoS Medicine. 2009;6(4).

[7] King AC. Personal and environmental factors associated with physical inactivity among different racial–ethnic groups of US middle-aged and older-aged women. Health Psychology. 2000;19(4):354.