Health >> Physical Activity >> Adults >> Disability, Military Service, Sexual Orientation

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More than 4 in 10 adults with a disability did not meet physical activity standards.

Regular physical activity helps control weight, strengthen bones and muscles, and boost mental health and academic performance. It also reduces the risks of many chronic illnesses. Federal guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise for adults; and at least an hour of exercise each day for children and teens.

Applying 2008 physical activity guidelines for adults in the United States, Communities Count averaged 2 years of survey data (2007 and 2009) on King County adults. Note: the new guidelines differ from those used in earlier Communities Count reports.

  • Adults with a disability were less likely to meet standards than adults without a disability.
  • Neither military service nor sexual orientation was related to physical activity.