More than 1 in 4 U.S. adults over 50 do not engage in regular physical activity

CDC <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6536a3.htm?s_cid=mm6536a3_w&quot; target="_blank">reports</a> that 28% of Americans aged 50 years and older are not physically active beyond the basic movements needed for everyday life activities.

CDC reports that 28% of Americans aged 50 years and older are not physically active beyond the basic movements needed for everyday life activities. For their study, researchers analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to examine patterns of inactivity among adults in this age group. According to the data, 29.4% of women aged 50 years and older were inactive, compared with 25.5% of men. Inactivity increased significantly with age, and the percentage of inactivity by race and ethnicity varied. In addition, the rate of inactivity ranged from 17.9% in Colorado to 38.8% in Arkansas. More adults with at least one chronic disease were inactive compared with adults with no chronic disease, the report found. "This report helps us better understand and address differences in inactivity among adults 50 years and older," said Kathleen B. Watson, PhD, an epidemiologist in CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity and lead author of the report. "More work is needed to make it safer and easier for people of all ages and abilities to be physically active in their communities."