New data shows 77% of Americans don't get enough exercise

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Burpees, rowing, running…sound like fun?

If not, you’re not alone.

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released new data saying an average of 23% of Americans get enough exercise, that means 77% of us, don’t.

“Some people are intimidated with fitness, they don’t know what to do, they go to the gym they walk around, they pick up weights and it’s not effective,” says Mandy Spurlin, head coach at Orangetheory in Gainesville. “They don’t see any results, they stop going.”

The survey was based on people exercising 150 minutes a week, or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity, and Florida was rated significantly lower than the national average.

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman, the chief of UF Health Shands bariatric surgery, says he's not surprised.

“The states that were low in the data that didn’t have a high percentage of adults reaching that criteria, are the states that have the highest levels of obesity,” says Dr. Friedman.

He says, making exercise less a priority could lead to multiple health issues.

“Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, and your life expectancy is cut short by 10-15 years,” says Friedman.

He says a good diet and daily exercise will not only make you lose weight, but will make your life longer.

“A lot of their health problems go away, and as a consequence of that they live on an average 10-15 years longer than had they not lost the weight,” says Friedman.

And to find the right program that best fits you.

“We have busy lives, and we work and we have things to do, but I think once people start and find a program that best works for them, that number can definitely grow,” says Spurlin.

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