Most U.S. Adults Don't Exercise Daily

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A new study has found that only a small number of American adults exercise daily, contributing to the country's obesity problem.

The American Time Use survey shows that only about 5 percent of adults are doing a significant amount of physical activity every day.
    
When researchers asked participants what they had done in the past 24 hours, most people reported doing light activities. Over 95 percent said eating and drinking. Sevently-one percent replied driving.

Only five percent of those surveyed reported that they ran or used exercise equipment. 

"This is something that must be done," Rene Armijo, president of Fighter Physique, told El Paso television station KTSM.  "Otherwise, you're shaving years off of your life-expectancy. If people haven't gotten the memo that being overweight is damaging to your health, I don't know what else needs to be done."

Armijo suggests getting fitness support system for motivation.

"Surround yourself in an environment where there's other people working out, encouraging you to work out," he said. "Try to hang out with friends who like to workout. You guys can workout together because everything is harder alone."

For the survey, researchers analyzed 2003 - 2008 data from nearly 80,000 participants, aged 20 and older.

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