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Monday, January 20, 2020

Overall, all states and territories had more than 15 percent of adults who were considered physically inactive. Physical inactivity was determined if they responded "no" to the question: "During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?" The South had the highest levels of physical inactivity, with 28 percent of adults responding "no" to the above question. Coming in second was the Northeast, at 25.6 percent. The Midwest and the West followed behind at 25 percent and 20.5 percent, respectively.

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Surprising.

Not!

The only exercise most of these slobs get is when they are playing the Deliverance theme song on their banjos.

#1 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-01-20 02:46 PM | Reply

#1

This was one of those times when you should've paused and reflected before hitting 'publish'.

Most of 'em are neither talented nor intelligent enough to play the banjo.

#2 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-01-20 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@2, point taken.

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-01-20 10:35 PM | Reply

It makes sense to me.

I lived in Lousiana for seven years. Other than going to the gym and running outside (when the temperatures permitted), I didn't do much. Wakeboarding in weekends in the summer, but the heat made anything else pretty much intolerable. And it's not like the south is ripe with places to hike or go mountain biking., things I'm able to do here in Germany on any given day. Not to mention going skiing, rock climbing, snow-shoeing, and any number of other activities.

Not to say your average southerner would have anything to do with those. You could really only consider Louisiana as the sportsman's paradise if you'd never left Louisiana.

#4 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-01-21 03:20 PM | Reply

Yet the non-southerners keep swarming in like a plague of locusts.

These "the south sucks" themed threads have become so trite and boring. I just wish non-southerners actually believed them and moved somewhere else or stay in their decaying cities.

#5 | Posted by goatman at 2020-01-21 03:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"And it's not like the south is ripe with places to hike or go mountain biking., things I'm able to do here in Germany on any given day."

I would certainly agree that Europe has more bike paths than America.

It's almost like there's some kind of connection, between investing in public infrastructure and improving public health...

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-21 03:36 PM | Reply

Speaking only for the parts I inhabit - here in Michigan we have excellent bike paths and walking paths. We also have plenty of state and metro parks with their own biking/walking/hiking paths.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-21 03:48 PM | Reply

"Speaking only for the parts I inhabit"

What's the median household income in the parts you inhabit, as compared to the South?

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-21 03:49 PM | Reply

What's the median household income in the parts you inhabit, as compared to the South?

#8 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

I don't know. I was simply expressing happiness over the abundance of hiking/biking/walking trails in Michigan along with the abundance of state and metro parks.

Heck, 2 days after Christmas I went hiking with a buddy in a nearby State Park. He read the map wrong and our 5.8 mile dual-purpose trail was actually a 9.2 mile hike on a bike trail. I was glad for his eff-up - it was a really nice hike and I only see him face-to-face a few times a year. We've been friends since 7th grade - the extra time was well-spent.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-21 03:58 PM | Reply

"I don't know."

Neither do I.
That's why I asked.
Now, you gonna look it up, or continue to let your thoughts wander aimlessly in ignorance?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-21 04:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"It's almost like there's some kind of connection, between investing in public infrastructure and improving public health..."

I don't road bike. I mountain bike. I live in the Palatinate forest...mostly logging roads. There are also these really cool old roads that date back hundreds of years, marked with stones. These are the roads that people used to travel between villages, back when there was a very real risk of getting eaten by wolves or attacked by forest bandits.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-01-21 04:07 PM | Reply

Physical activity is more than doing stuff outdoors. I went to the gym nearly everyday in LA to engage in physical activity. For me, it's just more interesting to be able to hike or bike around and see cool stuff. Especially when I can walk out my back door and do it.

#12 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-01-21 04:09 PM | Reply

These "the south sucks" themed threads have become so trite and boring.

I know what will make you feel better. Post one of those "everyone is fleeing California" threads you love so much.

Meanwhile. If you're not happy with statics stating southern states are lazier and usually fatter than other states. It's easy. Ignore the thread.

Republicans usually ignore reality when it doesn't suit them.

#13 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-01-21 04:10 PM | Reply

The least lazy place has the most homeless and highest poverty rate. Neat.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-21 04:15 PM | Reply

I live in the south, if you consider S. Florida to be part of the south. I think one thing should be considered about the south and the inactivity of some people who live here. It's generally hot as hell. I actually ended my running a couple of years ago, not only because of the heat but it was definitely a factor. I'm not making excuses for lazy (depressed) people though, they need to get moving and enjoy a much happier life.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 04:16 PM | Reply

And Germany doesn't really have bike paths. Instead, they're treated as vehicles, along with automobiles, tractors, horse-drawn carts (true), motorcycles, mopeds, and anything this side of a skateboard.

And it's not at all uncommon to get stuck behind a bicycle going up a steep grade on a twisty mountain road. The same roads than many motorcyclists and sports car drivers cruise for those same twists and grades.

#16 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-01-21 04:17 PM | Reply

"I actually ended my running a couple of years ago, not only because of the heat but it was definitely a factor."

Treadmill?

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-01-21 04:18 PM | Reply

Laziness my tushy. It takes great exercise to get up from your chair to get some more of that great food that the south and back east is noted for.

#18 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-01-21 04:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Uh, if you like southern food, you're probably part of that group Snoofy is referencing. And just because it's deep fried doesn't make it great. Kinda gross, actually.

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-01-21 04:26 PM | Reply

It's generally hot as hell.

#15 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2020-01-21 04:16 PM | FLAG:

Indeed. The activity rate mirrors regional weather extremes in the same way homeless populations do. Hell "The South" didn't even have serious industry until the invention of the air conditioner. Mexicans got stereotyped for The Siesta! Yeah no ---- people are napping at that time of day. It's too hot to work.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-21 05:32 PM | Reply

"Mexicans got stereotyped for The Siesta!"

That's a Spanish thing, dude.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-21 05:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I know my racist cartoons.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-21 08:08 PM | Reply

acme.com

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-21 08:57 PM | Reply

So bougee.

#24 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-01-22 01:45 AM | Reply

Coupla things:

1. First, the questions specifically excluded physical activity associated with your regular job. I wonder how many white collar workers in "the fittest states" could handle one day baling hay, roofing a house in Florida in July, or pulling shrimp pots in the Gulf. Lazy my ---.

2. Second, I'm struck by the similarities between the map in the article, this map: en.m.wikipedia.org and this map: taxfoundation.org

The poorest states with the highest percentage of blacks are now being called the LAZIEST? If a conservative made that argument the DR Left would lose their damned mind, but the Left can't pass up the chance to paint poor white people as banjo pickin, racist rednecks, and in doing so undermined their argument that welfare recipients aren't lazy. Conundrum.

#25 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-22 09:58 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Mexicans got stereotyped for The Siesta! Yeah no ---- people are napping at that time of day. It's too hot to work.

#20 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

Exactly - they start the day early and end the work day late with a little nap in the middle of the day when it's blazing hot.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-22 10:11 AM | Reply

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