Sacramento ranks #43 out of 189 communities across the nation on a rate of regular exercise survey (2015/2016) conducted by Gallup and Sharecare. The report was published in September 2017.
U.S. adults were asked – In the last seven days, on how many days did you exercise for 30 or more minutes? Regular exercise was defined as a minimum of 30+ minutes, 3+ days per week.
The survey results caught my eye as since I have recovered from fracturing my shoulder earlier this year I have not started going back to the gym.
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I joined a gym after retiring in mid-2016 as I thought that I would finally have time to get back in shape. Ha! Ha! I was doing really well until my accident. Yes, I am (like some of you out there I suspect) paying monthly for a membership that I do not utilize.
California has six communities in the top 25 ranking, but Colorado has the highest rates of regular exercise as a state.
Top Quintile for Regular Exercise
#3 – San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande – 67%
#5 – Santa Rosa – 62.3%
#10 – Chico – 60.9%
#11 – Santa Maria-Santa Barbara – 60.7%
#13 – San Diego-Carlsbad – 60.6%
#22 – San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – 57.8%
#38 – Santa Cruz-Watsonville – 56.8%
2nd Quintile for Regular Exercise
#42 – Vallejo-Fairfield – 56.6%
#43 – Sacramento-Roseville-Arden Arcade – 56.6%
#44 – Stockton-Lodi – 56.4%
#50 – Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura – 56.2%
#56 – Bakersfield – 55.9%
#71 – Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario – 54.4%
3rd Quintile for Regular Exercise
#78 – San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara – 54.1%
#90 – Salinas – 53.5%
4th Quintile for Regular Exercise
#148 – Fresno – 50.3%
5th Quintile for Regular Exercise
#157 – Modesto – 49.6%
#161 – Visalia-Porterville – 49.3%
Nationally, rates of regular exercise are at their highest point since Gallup and Sharecare starting tracking rates of regular exercise. From 2008 to 2016 those engaging in regular exercise jumped 2% and those who did not exercise at all declined by almost 3%.
That is good news nationally – and I am inspired to do my part to improve the statistics for my gender and age group. I am resolved to start going back to the gym a minimum of three days a week!
Do you pay a monthly gym membership fee? How often do you go to the gym? Any inspiring words to help me get back on a regular routine?
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