Each year, I get a list of the most popular sports and activities when it comes to actual participation, and each year many are surprised by this list. When it comes to participation, sports like bicycling, fishing and hiking always blow away our national pastimes like baseball, football and basketball.
It’s more of the same heading into 2016.
Fitness, firearms, and the love of the great outdoors. That’s where Americans are spending their recreational time and money these days. Every year, the Physical Activity Council (PAC) publishes the top sports, fitness and exercise activities in the U.S. The PAC study reveals the number of Americans who are active at least once a year (or more) in 111 sports, fitness or exercise activities.
PHIT America has analyzed the data and found some eye-opening trends among the following lists of 111 sports, fitness or exercise activities:
Top 111 Activities for 2015
Top Growth (and Declining) Activities In The Last Year (2015 vs. 2014)
Top Growth Activities (and Declining) In The Last Eight Years (2015 vs. 2007)
The top ten lists for each of these three aforementioned categories is listed below. To access the complete lists for all 111 sports, fitness, and exercise activities, see the links at the bottom of this release. There, you will see the biggest ‘winners’ and biggest ‘losers’ in the past year and since 2007, in terms of sports participation trends in the U.S.:
Some of the highlights from the three lists:
• Six of the top ten (and 13 of the top 20) most popular activities in 2015 are fitness-related;
• Six of the top ten growth activities in the past eight years are fitness-related;
• Four of the top ten growth activities in 2015 involve the use of firearms;
• Three of the top ten growth activities in the past eight years are affiliated with the outdoors;
• Aerobic fitness is the #1 growth activity since 2007 — more than nine million new participants;
• Yoga is the #2 growth activity since 2007 — more than 7.5 million new participants;
• None of the sports which are consistently seen on television — such as traditional team sports, golf and tennis — appear in any of the top ten lists.
See the entire list here, you will amazed and surprised.