Americans are still not walking enough!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Americans are still not walking enough!
Wed, 08-08-2012 - 11:20am

According to this report I saw in Health Day News, more Americans are walking but not enough are. "Almost two-thirds of Americans now say they take regular walks, a significant jump upwards, a new study finds. However, experts add that far too many people are still not getting enough exercise to improve their health.According to 2010 data, almost 62 percent of American adults were taking at least one 10-minute walk per week, compared with 56 percent who did so in 2005, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. " the rest of the article

I do see more and more walkers than I used to years ago but I'm not convinced 62 percent of Americans walk. I would guess it is way lower and people just say they are walking because it's the right thing to say now. What do you think? 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:53am

I wonder if many of them are incorporating more walking into their normal daily routine, as opposed to setting aside a walking time. I don't tend to walk around my neighborhood lately simply because I live in a rural area that only has dirt roads. It's been so darn dry that the dust is brutal; I can't walk half a mile without choking on it. So, I started changing my routine in other ways... When I go shopping, I park as far away from the store as possible ... and if I'm not rushed for time, I make myself walk down every single aisle; that's a lot of walking in those superstores! And, of course, I take the stairs now instead of the elevator... I really should track it I guess, but I know I'm getting at least as much exercise as I did on my twice weekly evening walks.

But honestly, I miss my outdoor walks and plan to get back to them once fall is here; it won't be so outlandishly dry then, I hope!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2012
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 12:23pm
I do see a lot more people walking too. However, 62 percent of people sounds really high to me as well! Lucy made a great point- I wonder if people are counting the time it takes for them to walk from their car to the store, around the stores, walking stairs, etc? I do those things too, but have never thought to count them as my time walking. I usually just consider the time I leave my house to walk around the neighborhood, on the greenbelt, etc.