Posted by William on August 31, 2012
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) released its most recent Superstudy of Sports Participation, which was conducted by American Sports Data. Of the 30 most popular sports in the U.S., recreational swimming ranks No. 1, with 95.1 million participants, recreational walking is No. 2, with 84.1 million participants, and recreational biking comes in third, with 56.2 million participants. All of the top three had an increase in participation from 1998.
Of the top-30 sports for 1999, many are activities that can be performed in health clubs. Free weights ranks No. 6, with 42.8 million participants, up 3.7 percent from 1998. Treadmill exercise had 37.5 million participants, up 1.1 percent, and ranks No. 10. Fitness walking (36 million), stretching (35.3 million), running/jogging (34 million) and stationary cycling (31 million), rank Nos. 12, 13, 14 and 15. Using weight/resistance machines ranks 19th, and had 23 million participants. Aerobics (high/low impact and step) ranks 21st with 19.1 million participants. And tennis had 16.8 million participants and ranks No. 29.
Of these activities, all had an increase in participation from 1998, except fitness walking, running/jogging, aerobics and tennis. Participation was counted if a person six years of age or older participated at least once in 1999.
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