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The Last Lean Americans

Colorado’s obesity rates are the lowest in the country—but are we really as healthy as we think? Plus: We surveyed 400 Coloradans about their everyday health habits to see how—and why—our state has stayed on the good side of skinny.

October 2010

EXERCISE

When you exercise, what activity do you do most often in summer? (up to two responses were allowed)
Run outside: 18 percent

Bike outside: 27 percent

Yoga: 12 percent

Organized sports (softball, basketball, tennis): 9 percent

Hike: 31 percent
Swim: 14 percent
Work out at the gym (run inside, lift weights): 34 percent

Other: 31 percent

On average, how many sessions of physical activity do you participate in per week?
1 to 2: 22 percent
3 to 4: 48 percent
5 or more: 30 percent
**5280 Readers’ Survey: 41.5 percent exercise almost every day.

Do you belong to a gym or a health club?
Yes: 42 percent
No: 58 percent

When you exercise, what activity do you do most often in winter? (up to two responses were allowed)
Work out at the gym (run inside, lift weights): 56 percent
Ski: 14 percent
Snowboard: 10 percent
Cross-country ski: 1 percent
Yoga: 18 percent
Organized sports (basketball, soccer): 6 percent
Other: 48 percent

Do you ever ride a bike or walk to work?
Yes, all the time: 13 percent
Every now and again: 22 percent
I live too far away to walk or ride to most things: 35 percent
Never: 30 percent

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