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Americans Suffering From 'Fitness Deficit'

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Are Americans getting enough exercise? Probably not. In fact, the United States is suffering from a "fitness debt," according to a new survey from BarBend. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a baseline for physical fitness of 150 minutes per week or 130 hours per year.

That might sound like a lot of hours. With 365 days in a year, it equates to an hour-long workout every 2.8 days.

According to BarBend‘s survey of 4,136 Americans aged 18 and older, the national “fitness debt” or “fitness deficit” — the difference between how much exercise you should do versus the amount you actually do — was 14.9 hours after further state-by-state analysis.

The average American performs 115.1 hours of training per year out of the CDC-recommended 130 hours — a fitness debt of 7.3 percent. Check out each state’s fitness debt or surplus in the infographic below:


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