May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Organized by the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition in 1956 - a decade when just 10% of Americans were considered obese - this awareness month is aimed at promoting the many benefits of physical activity for adults and children alike.
Did you know that the global physical activity market is valued at $828 billion dollars with the USA comprising just $33 billion of that number? And just 1/3 of the world’s adults are actively engaged in physical activities with the remaining 2/3 not receiving any sort of sufficient physical activity? (Global Wellness Institute)
Here are some other interesting facts about the state of our physical fitness:
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 16% percent of Americans exercise daily. “In comparison, consider that the number of people who watched television on an average day is roughly five times larger.”
By geographic region, residents of the Western US states spend the most money on obtaining physical fitness with Coloradans coming in at the top of the list. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, Colorado is also the fittest state with the lowest obesity rate in the country). By contrast, the Southeast spends the least with Alabama coming in at the bottom. (Wait…didn’t Alabama just ban yoga for kids? 🤦🏼♀️ Yoga for Kids...Beneficial or Brainwashing?)
According to Google, who bases this info on searches, the most popular form of exercise in the United States is yoga, followed by: running, hiking, CrossFit, swimming, kayaking, gymnastics, cardio, bodybuilding, weightlifting, and aerobics.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, who bases this info on their own surveys of the American public, the most popular form of exercise in the United States is walking, followed by: weightlifting, cardio, swimming, running, basketball, golfing, cycling, aerobics and bowling.
Basketball is the favorite activity for the 15-24 age group, while yoga is the preferred activity for those between 25-55 and, good old fashioned walking took the top spot for the over 55 crowd. (US BLS)
According to the Cleveland Clinic, 80% of American adults and kids “aren’t getting enough exercise for optimal health.”
A survey by ReportLink revealed that more than 3/4 of all Americans feel it is very important for them to be in better physical shape yet just 30% make regular exercise a habit.
69% of all American adults are considered overweight or obese, while 17% of children between 2-17 are struggling with their weight. (CDC)
It goes without saying that holistic health and wellness is more important than ever in a country struggling so dramatically with health. Tell us…what’s your greatest success story with helping a client get back on the road to health? What is your favorite physical activity to recommend they start off with and what do you you find they end up sticking with? Let us know in the comments below!