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CDC: Disabled Less Active Than Others

Nearly Two-Thirds of Adults With Disabilities Don’t Get Enough Physical Activity
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But skipping physical activity can worsen the situation when people with disabilities get out of shape.

"This deconditioning results in secondary help problems -- diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, etc." which "further exacerbates the limitations of the disability," Graves says.

His advice for people with disabilities of any kind:

  • See a doctor to get medical approval for physical activity.
  • Seek a well-known community health and fitness facility that has personal trainers who can at least get you started.
  • Gradually increase the intensity of your activity.
  • Look for ways to make your daily life more active.

Graves notes that the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American Council on Exercise certify personal trainers and "all include some training related to prescribing exercise for persons with disabilities."

Most Active States

Most Americans have room for improvement in their level of physical activity.

Overall, less than half of adults -- 46.8% -- report meeting the government's minimum recommended amount of physical activity.

The CDC's report shows how states (and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.) ranked in their 2005 percentage of adults who met the government's minimal physical activity recommendation.

Places with the same percentage of physically active adults are ranked together.

  1. Alaska: 56.7%
  2. Vermont: 55.9%
  3. Wisconsin: 55.6%
  4. Wyoming: 54.8%
  5. Montana: 54.7%
  6. New Hampshire: 54.4%
  7. Oregon: 54.3%
  8. Washington: 52.9%
  9. Maine and Utah: 52.8%
  10. California: 52.7%
  11. Colorado: 52.5%
  12. Arizona and Idaho: 52.3%
  13. Hawaii: 52%
  14. Massachusetts: 51.3%
  15. Washington, D.C.: 50.7%
  16. Connecticut: 50%
  17. New Mexico and Rhode Island: 49.6%
  18. Minnesota and Nevada: 49.5%
  19. Virginia: 48.8%
  20. Michigan: 48%
  21. Kansas: 47.8%
  22. Maryland and Ohio: 47.6%
  23. Pennsylvania: 47.5%
  24. North Dakota: 47.1%
  25. South Dakota: 46.9%
  26. New York: 46.4%
  27. Indiana: 46.1%
  28. Illinois and Missouri: 45.8%
  29. Nebraska: 45.3%
  30. Iowa: 45.2%
  31. Texas: 44.8%
  32. Arkansas and Delaware: 44.7%
  33. New Jersey: 44.5%
  34. Florida: 44.4%
  35. South Carolina: 43.7%
  36. Alabama: 41.9%
  37. Oklahoma: 41.3%
  38. North Carolina: 41.1%
  39. U.S. Virgin Islands: 40.4%
  40. Georgia: 40.2%
  41. West Virginia: 39.6%
  42. Mississippi: 38.6%
  43. Louisiana: 36.5%
  44. Tennessee: 35.4%
  45. Kentucky: 32.9%
  46. Puerto Rico: 32.2%

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