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These charts reveal America's complicated relationship with exercise

New data shows just how few of us are meeting the recommended guidelines.
man running on street

More of us need to be like this dude—getting regular physical exercise

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We all already know that America, as a country, is pretty inactive. Not nearly enough of us exercise nearly as often as we should. But talking about averages in a country as populous and diverse as the U.S. is also kind of meaningless—the “average” adult doesn’t really exist.

According to , only about 23 percent of all U.S. adults get the recommended amount of exercise per week. That’s 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, plus

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