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Activity levels among older adults showed mixed results. Exercise — the percentage of older adults meeting the federal physical activity guidelines — increased. On the other hand, physical inactivity, or being sedentary, also increased.
Definition: Percentage of adults ages 65 and older who met the federal physical activity guidelines* in the past 30 days.
* 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity and two days of muscle strengthening per week.
In 2019, 23.1% of adults ages 65 and older met the federal physical activity guidelines. These guidelines, found in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, apply to older adults who have good fitness and no chronic conditions. Adults with reduced physical fitness or chronic conditions are encouraged to be as physically active as their capabilities allow. Exercise prevalence increased 31% since 2017 (17.6%), an increase of 2.65 million older adults.
Exercise varied by state, gender, race and ethnicity, education and income. In 2019, exercise among adults ages 65 and older was:
- 1.4 times higher among multiracial (26.3%) than Hispanic (18.2%) adults.
Definition: Percentage of adults ages 65 and older in fair or better health who reported doing no physical activity or exercise other than their regular job in the past 30 days.
Physical inactivity varied by state, gender, race and ethnicity, education and income. In 2019, physical inactivity among adults ages 65 and older in fair or better health was:
Physical inactivity can increase the risk of several health outcomes such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and cancer mortality, obesity as well as the development of diabetes and premature death. Costs associated with physical inactivity account for more than 11% of total health care expenditures and were estimated at $117 billion annually.