Several exercise initiatives encourage people of all ages and sizes to be physically active in some sort of way for at least a half-hour a day.
A new study published by the Mayo Clinic says many people are falling far short.
It shows that obese women, on average, get one hour of vigorous exercise each year. It said obese men exercise less than four hours per year.
Dr. Vansanth Stalin is the Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw. He’s board certified in obesity medicine, and also a faculty member at CMU’s School of Medicine.
He said there are a number of reasons for the exercise deficit.
“Maybe feelings of psychological insecurity for someone who is obese to try and go out and start exercising in a public domain like a gym, but that’s a part of the social stigma to overcome,” Stalin said.
Dr. Stalin said people tend to make excuses for not exercising. He said there are several activities that individuals can benefit from aside from traditional exercises at gyms.
The federal recommendation for exercise is at least 2.5 hours of activity every week.