NSGA Study: Female Fitness Participation Grows

Among the 39 sports surveyed by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), exercise walking, swimming and exercising with equipment attracted the greatest number of female participants seven years of age and older in 2008, according to data in the Association’s Sports Participation reports. Exercise walking attracted 59.3 million females; swimming, 33.3 million; and exercising with equipment, also 33.3 million.


Sports, recreational and fitness activities attracting more than 20 million females were aerobic exercising, 25.6 million; bowling, 24.8 million; camping (vacation/overnight), 23.4 million; and working out at club, 21.6 million.


Attracting more than 10 million females were bicycle riding, 19.4 million; hiking, 18.9 million; running/jogging, 17.2 million; fishing, 13.7 million; weightlifting, 13.5 million; yoga, 12.9 million; power boating, 12.4 million; and billiards/pool, 12.0 million.


“Nine of the 12 most popular sports and activities among girls and women are fitness activities, which clearly shows that females are health and fitness conscious,” said NSGA Vice President of Information & Research Thomas B. Doyle.


Attracting the fewest number of female participants was muzzleloading, 200,000. A complete listing of female participation is posted on the NSGA website www.nsga.org.


For the study, a participant is defined as someone seven or older who participates in a sport more than once within the year. For swimming, exercise walking, bicycling, exercising with equipment, running/jogging, weightlifting and aerobics, a participant is defined as one who is active in a sport six times or more within the year.


The two-part sports participation report is based on a survey of 20,000 U.S. households.

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NSGA Study: Female Fitness Participation Grows

Among the 39 sports surveyed by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), exercise walking, swimming and exercising with equipment attracted the greatest number of female participants seven years of age and older in 2008, according to data in the Association’s Sports Participation reports. Exercise walking attracted 59.3 million females; swimming, 33.3 million; and exercising with equipment, also 33.3 million.

Sports, recreational and fitness activities attracting more than 20 million females were aerobic exercising, 25.6 million; bowling, 24.8 million; camping (vacation/overnight), 23.4 million; and working out at club, 21.6 million.

Attracting more than 10 million females were bicycle riding, 19.4 million; hiking, 18.9 million; running/jogging, 17.2 million; fishing, 13.7 million; weightlifting, 13.5 million; yoga, 12.9 million; power boating, 12.4 million; and billiards/pool, 12.0 million.

“Nine of the 12 most popular sports and activities among girls and women are fitness activities, which clearly shows that females are health and fitness conscious,” said NSGA Vice President of Information & Research Thomas B. Doyle.

Attracting the fewest number of female participants was muzzleloading, 200,000. A complete listing of female participation is posted on the NSGA website www.nsga.org.

For the study, a participant is defined as someone seven or older who participates in a sport more than once within the year. For swimming, exercise walking, bicycling, exercising with equipment, running/jogging, weightlifting and aerobics, a participant is defined as one who is active in a sport six times or more within the year.

The two-part sports participation report is based on a survey of 20,000 U.S. households.

2008 Women's Participation – Ranked by Total Female Participation

Sport   Number     Percent Male/Female
    Total    Percent
Sport    Female    Female
       
Exercise Walking    59.3    61.4%
Swimming    33.3    52.5%
Exercising with Equipment    33.3    52.9%
Aerobic Exercising    25.6    70.9%
Bowling    24.8    50.1%
Camping (vacation/overnite)    23.4    47.5%
Workout at Club    21.6    54.8%
Bicycle Riding    19.4    43.4%
Hiking    18.9    49.8%
Running/Jogging    17.2    48.0%
Fishing    13.7    32.5%
Weightlifting    13.5    36.0%
Yoga    12.9    80.4%
Boating, Motor/Power    12.4    44.6%
Billiards/Pool    12.0    38.0%
Basketball    9.1    30.7%
Volleyball    7.1    58.4%
Soccer    6.5    41.8%
Tennis    6.4    50.3%
Softball    6.2    48.5%
Golf    5.7    22.2%
Backpack/Wilderness Camp    5.6    43.1%
In-Line Roller Skating    5.3    57.2%
Target Shooting    4.8    23.7%
Scooter Riding    4.4    43.7%
Mountain Biking (off road)    3.4    33.9%
Hunting with Firearms    2.9    15.4%
Baseball    2.8    18.6%
Skateboarding    2.8    28.5%
Water Skiing    2.5    44.6%
Skiing (alpine)    2.5    37.7%
Snowboarding    1.6    28.1%
Paintball Games    1.3    19.7%
Football (tackle)    1.1    10.4%
Skiing (cross country)    0.8    52.0%
Hunting w/Bow & Arrow    0.6    10.2%
Hockey (ice)    0.5    27.0%
Muzzleloading    0.2    7.0%
       
       
       

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