Does Your Health Depend On the Temperature of Where You Live?

It was over 100 degrees, here in Texas, as my son graduated high school. 


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Our out of town guests weren't buying the "But it's 'dry' heat" line. So, much of the weekend was spent eating and searching for air-conditioning.

Sometimes it is just too hot to trot.

Exercise Frequency Goes Down as the Heat Goes Up.

The Economist recently printed a chart showing that people who live in colder states exercise more than those who live in warm ones.


110605 Exercise Frequency is Heavily Influenced by Temperature 
A recent report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention declares that only 64% of Americans surveyed can be described as physically active (defined as over 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or half as much vigorous activity). Almost a quarter get no exercise at all outside the workplace.

The report offers a breakdown of exercisers by state. In general, it seems that people who live in cold states like Alaska are more likely to get their weekly work-out than those in sunny Florida.

The biggest outliers from this correlation are Hawaii, where 70% are energetic, and Tennessee, which has the lowest percentage of active people despite a lower average temperature than several other states.

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