Index: Health / Subcategory: Physical Health

Physical Exercise

Date Updated: 08/24/2011

The following page displays data gathered from a sample of Larimer County residents through the Health District of Northern Larimer County Community Health Surveys. The 2010 survey measured the health status of the community and the accessibility and quality of health care received. The data from the survey are based on 3,537 usable, self-administered questionnaires from Larimer County residents (Health District of Larimer County).

Data from the surveys were weighted for age and gender. Prior to the 2010 survey, data were also weighted for geography (north/south county split). For specific survey questions, see Additional Information.

What this chart shows: Adults Reaching Recommended Exercise Levels in Larimer County, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Adults Reaching Recommended Exercise Levels in Larimer County, 2004, 2007 & 2010 Health District Surveys

Data Source: Health District of Northern Larimer County (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Overall, 63.2% of residents surveyed in Larimer County in 2010 met or exceeded the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines recommended by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This recommended level of activity was accomplished by meeting either the moderate activity level or the vigorous activity level or some combination of the two levels. It is recommended that adults, aged 18-64, participate in moderate-intensity physical activities for at least 150 minutes per week, or should participate in vigorous-intensity physical activities for at least 75 minutes per week, or an equivalent mix of the two. Examples of moderate activity include water aerobics, gardening, and brisk walking, while vigorous activity include running, swimming laps, jumping rope or aerobics.

In addition, there was an 41.1% increase in the number of residents meeting the recommended moderate activity guidelines in 2010 compared to 2007. To view the relationships of exercise to obesity and diabetes, see Additional Information.

What this chart shows: Adults Reaching Recommended Activity Levels by Age Group in Larimer County, 2010 Health District Survey

Adults Reaching Recommended Activity Levels by Age Group in Larimer County, 2010 Health District Survey

Data Source: Health District of Northern Larimer County (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Overall, 63.2% of respondents in Larimer County, regardless of age, met the recommended activity levels in 2010. Those under the age of 34 were the most active, whereas those over the age of 65 were the least active.

What this chart shows: Adults Reaching Recommended Activity Levels by Gender in Larimer County, 2010 Health District Survey

Adults Reaching Recommended Activity Levels by Gender in Larimer County, 2010 Health District Survey

Data Source: Health District of Northern Larimer County (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Significantly more men than women met the recommended activity guidelines in 2010.

Additional Information:

Health District of Northern Larimer County Community Health Survey:

Survey questions used for this page -

More information:

Exercising helps to maintain a person's healthy body weight. For this same sample of respondents, the amount of moderate exercise in which respondents participated was directly correlated to the weight category to which they belonged: the higher the person's weight category, the less he or she tended to exercise (see Overweight and Obesity). Exercise can also help to deter or postpone diseases such as diabetes. According to the Health District's Community Survey, those respondents who had been diagnosed with diabetes exercised, on average, less than those who had not been diagnosed (see Diabetes).

Related Information on Compass -

Other Resources -

Industry Standards or Targets:

2008 Physical Activities Guidelines for Americans [pdf]

Data Tables:

Adults Reaching Recommended Activity Levels - Larimer County

Sufficient

Not Sufficient

2007

2010

2007

2010

%

#

%

#

%

#

%

#

56.5%

1,701 63.2% 2,202

43.5%

1,310

36.8%

1,284

See chart

Adults Reaching Recommended Activity Levels by Age Group -

Larimer County, 2010

Sufficient

Not Sufficient

#

%

#

%

18 to 34

829 67.5% 399 32.5%

35 to 44

398 65.6% 209 34.4%

45 to 64

719 61.8% 444 38.2%

65+

239 52.0% 221 48.0%

See chart

Adults Reaching Recommended Activity Levels by Gender - Larimer County, 2010

Sufficient

Not Sufficient

#

%

#

%

Male

1,177 68.9% 531 31.1%

Female

1,000 57.4% 742 42.6%

See chart