Here's a statistic in support of the U.S. obesity epidemic: Only 5% of Americans exercise vigorously on any given day.
That's the conclusion of a study by researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. They analyzed data from about 80,000 Americans participating in the American Time Use Survey and found that while almost 80% engaged in light activities, such as driving a car or getting dressed, most did not engage in moderate or vigorous activity on any given day. Just more than 10% reported lawn, garden or houseplant care and only 2.2% reported using exercise equipment and 1.1% running. The most common, non-work, non-sleeping activity reported was eating and drinking.