by Geri Walton ~ October 8th, 2008
o you wonder how you stack up with the nation when it comes to exercise or activity? The National Sporting Goods Association did, and they conducted a survey of 10,000 households to find out what sports or activities people participated in during 2007. Participants in the survey included anyone age seven or older who took part in a sport or activity more than once in a calendar year. Here’s the list.
- Walking continues to remain the number one sport, and, in fact, it grew in popularity by 2.7% in 2007.
- Exercising with equipment barely beat out swimming for second place having 52.8 million participants.
- Swimming was the third most popular sport with 52.3 million participants.
- Camping numbers declined from last year but camping still remained fourth.
- Bowling took fifth place in 2006 and again in 2007.
- Bicycling beat out fishing this year for sixth place and had 37.4 million participants.
- Fishing fell to seventh place with 35.3 million participants.
- Working out at a club took 8th place.
- Weight lifting had 33.2 million participants.
The sport that grew the most in 2007 was tennis. It grew by 20% with 12.3 million participants. In relation to team sports, volleyball grew the most. It increased by 8.7% over last year and had 12.0 million participants. For women, the sport that saw the greatest growth was skate boarding. It’s up by 17.4% over last year.