The past 10 years have seen a continual gain in the popularity of fitness. Not only are more people exercising, more are becoming very fit. Think about fitness before Spin, Crossfit Games, Wearable Devices, and Tabata.
According to a June 2015 Gallup and Healthways study, 55 percent of Americans exercise at least 30 minutes, three days a week. For those of us who have intimately studied the fitness business the past decade, this is extraordinarily encouraging. More Americans care about their health than those who do not!
And to add to that, Americans who exercise for 30 minutes every day feel best about their appearance. This is no surprise. Exercise has been proven again and again to help with confidence, happiness, and decreased anxiety. Now in my eleventh year of owning Fitness on the Run, I continue to unabashedly favor fitness as a healthy means for feeling better about you, your surroundings, and your purpose in this adventure we call “life.” I’d add for all of us moms: the role model in us to take care of ourselves far outweighs a new iPad or Barbie.
Ok ladies, men are more likely than women to report exercising frequently. And, younger adults (age 18-29) are much more likely to exercise frequently than those who are older. This is because they account for one-quarter of the US population. Yep, Millennials, numbering 83.1 million, have surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest age group.
Among income groups, upper income Americans are more likely to exercise frequently and lower income Americans the least likely. Geographically, Americans who live in the West are more likely to exercise than any other region, while those in the South are the least likely. These three trends have been consistent for at least a decade. While yes, the West has fewer snow days; let’s show ourselves we can match their lifestyle that includes exercise as a “non-negotiable” in 2016.
So bring it on those of us of the “stronger” gender and on the “north” side of 29. Let’s get our exercise program set.