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This is a shocking pair of numbers: Four out of five Americans don’t meet the U.S. federal government’s basic guidelines for recommended regular physical activity when it comes to aerobic and muscle strengthening exercise; three out of five Americans aren’t sufficiently physically active to get any health benefits from what scant exercise they do take. 

If anything, the situation is getting worse. Forty states have rising levels of inactivity, a new report says.

Here follows the ten states whose residents are the least physically active.

#10 Texas

Physical Inactivity Rate: 30.1%

Ranks 15th in nation for adult obesity and 5th for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#9 Kentucky

Physical Inactivity Rate: 30.2%

Ranks 5th in nation for adult obesity and 1st for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#8 Indiana

Physical Inactivity Rate: 31.0%

Ranks 9th in nation for adult obesity. No data available on obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#7 West Virginia

Physical Inactivity Rate: 31.4%

Ranks joint 1st in nation for adult obesity and 6th for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#6 Alabama

Physical Inactivity Rate: 31.5%

Ranks 8th in nation for adult obesity and 3rd for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#5 Louisiana

Physical Inactivity Rate: 32.2%

Ranks 6th in nation for adult obesity and 11th for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#4 Oklahoma

Physical Inactivity Rate: 33.0%

Ranks 7th in nation for adult obesity and 26th for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#3 Arkansas

Physical Inactivity Rate: 34.4%

Ranks 3rd in nation for adult obesity and 2nd for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#2 Tennessee

Physical Inactivity Rate: 37.2%

Ranks 4th in nation for adult obesity and 4th for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

#1 Mississippi

Physical Inactivity Rate: 38.1%

Ranks joint 1st in nation for adult obesity and 7th in nation for obesity among high-school students.

PIR based on survey results from adults who say they did not participate in physical activity or exercise in past 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Obesity rates latest (full year 2013). Source: The State of Obestity. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

America's Idlest States