Gallup: TN ranked among bottom 5 states for exercise

When it comes to exercise, Tennessee is struggling to keep up compared to other states, according to Gallup's recent State of the State survey.

Gallup ranked Tennessee among the bottom five states for exercise. Only 49.2 percent of Tennesseans surveyed said they exercised 30 minutes or more at least three days a week. New York, Ohio, Indiana, and South Carolina were the only states Gallup ranked lower than Tennessee.

Overall Americans exercised less in 2013; the national average for regular exercise decreased slightly to 51.6 percent in 2013 from 52.7 percent in 2012. This percentage still falls in line with averages from previous years.

This year's weather could be one of the reasons for the slight drop in exercise compared to 2012, according to Gallup. The coldest and wettest weather since 2009 slammed in the U.S. in 2013. The U.S. had the warmest year on record in 2012 and was considerably drier as well.

Last week, Gallup also listed Tennessee as the 7th most obese state in the U.S., with 31.3 percent of its population considered obese. People who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese. More than likely, Tennessee's lack of exercise may have contributed to the state's obesity rate.

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But there is some good news - Tennessee fared pretty well in the healthy eating category compared to other states. The state landed in the middle of the pack when it came to eating produce, with 59.1 percent of Tennesseans surveyed reporting eating fruits and veggies frequently.


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