Doctors are increasingly prescribing physical activity as a means of dealing with current or potential health issues in patients. So where are Americans heading to carry out these orders? The majority of American adults if advised by their doctor or medical professional to be more physically active would visit their local parks or trails to go for a walk or run. Many would also turn to those same parks and trails to go for a bike ride while others prefer exercising or taking a class indoors at a gym or recreation center.

Key Findings

  • Over 3 in 5 Americans (63 percent) would take up walking or jogging through local parks, trails or around the neighborhood if they were advised to be more physically active by a doctor
  • One in three Americans say they would work out at a local gym or rec center
  • Baby boomers are more likely then Gen Xers or millennials to take up walking or jogging through local parks, trails or around the neighborhood if they were advised to be more physically active by a doctor
  • One in three parents would ride a bicycle at a local park, trail or around the neighborhood versus one in four adults without a child in the home saying they would do the same

 

 

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