Adults need at least 2 and 1/2 hours (150 minutes) a week of aerobic physical activity. This should be at a moderate level, such as a fast-paced walk for no less than 10 minutes at a time. Women and older adults are not as likely to get the recommended level of weekly physical activity. Inactive adults have higher risk for early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Regular physical activity helps people get
and keep a healthy weight. Walkable communities result in more
physical activity. The West and Northeast regions have the highest percentage of adults who walk in the country, but the South showed the largest percent increase of adults who walk compared to the other regions.