Community Data

Physical Inactivity

Quick Facts:

  • Only 20% of adults achieve the US physical activity guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
  • Physical inactivity may contribute to 1 in 10 premature deaths and 1 in 12 cases of diabetes. 
  • About half of all US adults don’t meet the recommended amounts of aerobic physical activity.
  • In Texas, 27.5% of  adults reported being physically inactive from 2017 to 2020.

Why is Physical Activity Important?

Regular physical activity can help to improve your overall health, reduce your risk of various chronic diseases, and make you feel better and sleep better. The amount of physical activity you need depends on your age, current life stage, and fitness level, but moving more and sitting less can benefit everyone. To learn more about the recommended physical activity guidelines, click here. Being physically active can impact your ability to live independently long-term.

People who are older or who have a high body mass index tend to be more physically inactive. Women also tend to be less physically active than men, and physically inactive people tend to have at least one chronic disease.

Physical Inactivity in Our Community

Darker colors on the interactive maps indicate worse outcomes.

In 2018, about 1 in 4 (25.3%) Taylor County residents reported not being physically active outside of work. This number increased to (28.3%) by 2019. The Taylor County zip code with the highest prevalence of physical inactivity was 79603. In this zip code, more than 1 in 3 residents (34.3%) reported not doing physical activity outside of work. The zip codes with the lowest prevalence of physical inactivity were 79699 and 79607. In 79699, less than 1 in 5 residents reported being physically active (18.2%). In 79607, roughly 20.4% of residents reported being physically inactive in 2018.

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