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Idaho has one of the nation's most physically active populations

It's not your imagination - Idahoans really do exercise more than most Americans.

Idaho posted the country's second-highest percentage of adults who get the recommended amount of exercise, according to a study published Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics.

The study measured the percentage of adults (18-64) who meet federal guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities through leisure-time physical activity by state. Idaho was at 31.4 percent. Only Colorado was higher, at 32.5 percent.

Eight of the 15 states and the District of Columbia that were significantly higher than the national average are in the West. The national average was 22.9.

The study covers the years 2010-2015. The 2008 federal guidelines recommend muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week, with moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week, vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 75 minutes per week or an equivalent combination, the study says.

Idaho ranks third among men at 35.2 percent (behind D.C. and Vermont) and third among women at 27.4 percent (behind Colorado and New Hampshire). The national averages were 27.2 for men and 18.7 for women.

The numbers aren't a surprise in the Treasure Valley, where hikers, bikers, walkers and runners are omnipresent.

Looking for ideas? Here is a list of trails to try in the Boise Foothills.

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