New data reveals that Alabama has the largest percentage of physically inactive residents. Sleep experts MattressInsider.com analyzed data from America’s Health Rankings Public Health Impact report, which shows the percentage of adults who have reported doing no physical activity or exercise other than their regular job in the past 30 days.
- Alabama ranks as the most physically inactive US state, with 31.5% of residents stating that they have not taken part in any exercise other than their regular job.
- Mississippi comes in second, with 30.9% of residents not completing a physical activity outside their regular jobs in the past 30 days.
- 30.6% of Arkansas residents reported no physical exercise outside work in the last 30 days.
- Kentucky and West Virginia place just below Arkansas, with 30.5% of residents stating that they have not taken part in any physical activity, making these the fourth least active US states.
- 29.4% of residents in Louisiana have reported no physical activity outside of their jobs in the past 30 days, ranking the area the fifth least active state in the US.
- Tennessee is sixth, with 28.7% of people in the state not participating in physical activity.
- In seventh position is Oklahoma, where 28.3% of residents do not take part in exercise outside of their regular job.
- Delaware and Illinois are ranked as the joint eighth least physically active US states, with 27.2% of people in the area not exercising outside of their regular job.
- In the ninth position is Maine, with 26.5% of residents not participating in physical activity.
- Coming in tenth are Ohio and Indiana, with 26.5% of people in these states not participating in physical exercise.
Colorado takes the crown as the most active state in the US, with only 16.7% of residents not exercising outside their regular job.
A spokesperson for MattressInsider.com commented on the findings: “Exercise is vital for our health as well as our wellbeing. Physical activity is linked to aiding a betters night’s sleep; therefore, it is encouraged to partake in some form each day.
“Alabama has double the number of residents not partaking in physical activity than Colorado.
“On a wider scale, Healthy People 2030, which identifies public health priorities across the United States, has lined out a goal to improve health, fitness and quality of life through regular physical activity. There are huge benefits for an individual to participate in more physical activity, including reducing your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia, as well as your overall quality of life. Exercise can be encouraged through cycle-to-work schemes, activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, and community engagement strategies as lined out by the CDC.”
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