Exercise and Activity Survey for 2007

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.

  1. Walking continues to remain the number one sport, and, in fact, it grew in popularity by 2.7% in 2007.
  2. Exercising with equipment barely beat out swimming for second place having 52.8 million participants.
  3. Swimming was the third most popular sport with 52.3 million participants.
  4. Camping numbers declined from last year but camping still remained fourth.
  5. Bowling took fifth place in 2006 and again in 2007.
  6. Bicycling beat out fishing this year for sixth place and had 37.4 million participants.
  7. Fishing fell to seventh place with 35.3 million participants.
  8. Working out at a club took 8th place.
  9. 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.

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