Table 73Leisure-time physical activity among adults 18 years of age and over, by selected characteristics: United States, 1998, 2004, and 2005
[Data are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population]
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Inactive 1 Some leisure-time activity 1 Regular leisure-time activity 1
Characteristic 1998 2004 2005 1998 2004 2005 1998 2004 2005
Percent of adults
18 years and over, age-adjusted2,340.539.540.530.030.429.329.530.230.2
18 years and over, crude340.239.440.530.030.429.329.830.230.1
18–44 years35.235.435.931.431.530.533.533.133.7
 18–24 years32.833.133.530.
 25–44 years35.936.136.731.831.931.032.431.932.4
45–64 years41.
 45–54 years38.937.539.531.432.830.129.829.730.4
 55–64 years44.941.843.629.328.529.225.829.827.2
65 years and over55.452.753.924.725.624.919.921.721.3
 65–74 years49.144.347.826.529.027.024.426.725.3
 75 years and over63.362.160.622.421.822.614.316.116.8
Sex and age
 18–44 years32.034.034.430.731.630.537.234.435.1
 45–54 years37.738.340.229.633.429.432.628.330.4
 55–64 years44.540.743.426.926.928.028.632.428.7
 65–74 years45.341.744.723.629.127.531.129.227.8
 75 years and over57.456.854.121.623.124.020.920.121.9
 18–44 years38.236.737.332.031.430.529.831.932.2
 45–54 years39.936.738.833.032.330.827.131.030.3
 55–64 years45.242.743.831.529.930.323.327.425.9
 65–74 years52.246.550.428.728.926.519.024.623.1
 75 years and over67.065.664.822.921.021.710.113.513.6
White only38.838.038.630.530.729.930.731.331.6
Black or African American only52.250.554.725.
American Indian or Alaska Native only49.244.442.719.033.729.031.821.928.3
Asian only39.439.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander only- - -**- - -**- - -**
2 or more races- - -28.840.7- - -38.730.9- - -32.428.4
Hispanic origin and race2,4
Hispanic or Latino55.552.856.723.424.823.321.122.320.0
Not Hispanic or Latino38.837.538.130.731.130.130.531.431.8
 White only36.735.335.331.331.630.932.033.133.8
 Black or African American only52.250.754.625.126.024.322.623.221.1
No high school diploma or GED64.863.862.919.421.521.515.814.715.7
High school diploma or GED47.648.650.228.728.528.123.722.821.6
Some college or more30.228.930.734.334.332.435.536.936.8
Inactive 1 Some leisure-time activity 1 Regular leisure-time activity 1
Characteristic 1998 2004 2005 1998 2004 2005 1998 2004 2005
Percent of poverty level2,7Percent of adults
Below 100%59.456.758.220.522.822.320.120.419.5
100%–less than 200%52.252.452.826.226.425.521.621.221.7
200% or more34.733.434.532.432.631.433.034.034.1
Hispanic origin and race and percent of poverty level2,4,7
Hispanic or Latino:
 Below 100%68.663.765.918.020.921.113.415.513.0
 100%–less than 200%60.859.262.721.223.820.418.017.016.9
 200% or more45.643.148.627.627.726.326.829.325.1
Not Hispanic or Latino:
 White only:
  Below 100%53.751.852.122.523.423.523.824.824.4
  100%–less than 200%49.048.447.627.627.327.523.424.324.9
  200% or more32.731.131.332.933.432.334.435.536.3
Black or African American only:
 Below 100%64.361.365.117.421.618.818.317.116.1
 100%–less than 200%55.659.560.524.422.923.719.917.615.8
 200% or more46.042.448.128.729.226.625.328.425.3
Geographic region2
Location of residence2
Within MSA839.338.239.230.630.629.730.031.131.1
Outside MSA844.744.645.727.529.227.927.826.226.5

* Estimates are considered unreliable. Data not shown have a relative standard error of greater than 30%.

- - - Data not available.


All questions related to leisure-time physical activity were phrased in terms of current behavior and lack a specific reference period. Respondents were asked about the frequency and duration of vigorous and light/moderate physical activity during leisure time. Adults classified as inactive reported no sessions of light/moderate or vigorous leisure-time activity of at least 10 minutes duration; adults classified with some leisure-time activity reported at least one session of light/moderate or vigorous physical activity of at least 10 minutes duration but did not meet the definition for regular leisure-time activity; adults classified with regular leisure-time activity reported three or more sessions per week of vigorous activity lasting at least 20 minutes or five or more sessions per week of light/moderate activity lasting at least 30 minutes in duration. See Appendix II, Physical activity, leisure-time.


Estimates are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 18–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and 75 years and over. Age-adjusted estimates in this table may differ from other age-adjusted estimates based on the same data and presented elsewhere if different age groups are used in the adjustment procedure. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.


Includes all other races not shown separately and unknown education level.


The race groups, white, black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 2 or more races, include persons of Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Starting with 1999 data, race-specific estimates are tabulated according to the 1997 Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity and are not strictly comparable with estimates for earlier years. The five single-race categories plus multiple-race categories shown in the table conform to the 1997 Standards. Starting with 1999 data, race-specific estimates are for persons who reported only one racial group; the category 2 or more races includes persons who reported more than one racial group. Prior to 1999, data were tabulated according to the 1977 Standards with four racial groups and the Asian only category included Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Estimates for single-race categories prior to 1999 included persons who reported one race or, if they reported more than one race, identified one race as best representing their race. Starting with 2003 data, race responses of other race and unspecified multiple race were treated as missing, and then race was imputed if these were the only race responses. Almost all persons with a race response of other race were of Hispanic origin. See Appendix II, Hispanic origin; Race.


Estimates are for persons 25 years of age and over and are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 25–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and 75 years and over. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.


GED stands for General Educational Development high school equivalency diploma. See Appendix II, Education.


Percent of poverty level is based on family income and family size and composition using U.S. Census Bureau poverty thresholds. Missing family income data were imputed for 31%–36% of adults 18 years of age and over in 1998–2005. See Appendix II, Family income; Poverty.


MSA is metropolitan statistical area.

NOTES: For more data on leisure-time physical activity, see National Health Interview Survey. Available from: www​ Standard errors are available in the spreadsheet version of this table. Available from: www​ Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, family core and sample adult questionnaires.

From: Trend Tables

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