The proportion of adults who said they went on a 10-minute walk at least once a week increased to 62 percent in 2010, from 56 percent in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported according to a recent article (8/13/12) in the New York Times. (More Americans Are Going for a Walk). The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommended 150 minutes or more of moderate aerobic intensity physical activity (brisk walk) weekly for substantial benefits.
Walking increased across all races, ages and regions. The South showed the biggest increase in people who said they walked during the study period, to 57 percent from 49 percent in 2005. The Northeast showed the smallest increase, to 66 percent from 64 percent.
The CDC study concludes that communities can help in designing places for physical activity as well as promote walking