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DENVER — Colorado is known for its active residents and a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study confirms that the state is still on top for exercise when compared to the rest of the country.
CDC released a new study June 28 about how well or how poorly adults ages 18 to 64 across the country meet the federal guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. The guidelines, which were created in 2008, recommend that adults participate in muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week and either moderate aerobic activity for 150 minutes a week or vigorous aerobic activity for 75 minutes a week.
Colorado topped the list with 32.5 percent of the state's adults completing both types of exercises. The national average was 22.9 percent.
When looking at just females, Colorado women took the highest percentage with 31.5 percent participating in the exercises. Colorado ranked fourth for men with 33.4 percent, behind Idaho (35.2 percent), Vermont (35.9 percent) and District of Columbia (40.3 percent).
States in the western and Rocky Mountain region were “consistently more likely to be in the significantly higher category,” the study detailed.
Regular exercise can lower the risk of chronic conditions, disabilities and mortality, according to the report.
The states with the lowest overall percentages were Mississippi, Kentucky and South Carolina.