Exercise Rates by Age and Education Level, 2008

At every age, individuals with higher levels of education are more likely than those with lower levels of education to engage in leisure-time exercise.

Figure 1.17: Exercise Rates Among Individuals Ages 25 and Older, by Age and Education Level, 2008

Figure 1.17: Exercise Rates by Age and Education Level, 2008

Notes & Sources 

Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, 2008; calculations by the authors.

  • Among young adults between the ages of 25 and 34, 63% of four-year college graduates reported exercising vigorously at least once a week before being surveyed in 2008, and another 18% reported light or moderate exercise. Among high school graduates in this age range, 37% reported vigorous exercise and 17% reported light or moderate exercise.
  • Older adults are less likely than younger adults to exercise, but the pattern by education level is similar within all age groups. For example, among 55- to 64-year-olds, 48% of high school graduates reported any exercise and 23% reported exercising vigorously. Within this age group, 75% of four-year college graduates reported any exercise and 47% reported vigorous exercise.