Did you hear?… CDC study: Strength-training among Boomer women on the rise - SNEWS

Did you hear?… CDC study: Strength-training among Boomer women on the rise

In a first-of-its-kind look at strength-training and weightlifting trends in the United States, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports women are pumping more iron, with nearly one in five doing twice-a-week workouts. Boomer and senior women are in general leading that charge.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

In a first-of-its-kind look at strength-training and weightlifting trends in the United States, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports women are pumping more iron, with nearly one in five doing twice-a-week workouts. Boomer and senior women are in general leading that charge.

Published recently in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the study found an overall increase in weightlifting and other forms of strength-training among many age groups in both genders. In 2004, for example, about 20 percent of U.S. adults were doing strength-training at least twice a week, up slightly from the late 1990s, when it was about 18 percent.

Women are hitting the weights more than other groups, however: About 17.5 percent did twice-a-week workouts in 2004, up from about 14.5 percent in 1998. Men, in contrast, held steady at around 21.5 percent. Researchers said they saw increases in strength-training from 1998 until around 2002, when the trend line went flat.

Notable among the statistics was a steady rise in strength training among women in the 45-64 age group. Baby boomer women -- an important customer base for many fitness equipment dealers -- maintained a steady and consistent rise in participation: 1998, 12.3 percent; 1999, 13.1 percent; 2000, 14.6 percent; 2001, 15.6 percent; 2002, 16.6 percent; 2003, 17.2 percent; and 2004, 17.6 percent.

"Women are starting to become more interested in strength-training because of the increased prevalence of osteoporosis," Judy Kruger, a CDC epidemiologist who was the study's lead author, told the Associated Press.

The study also noted that older adults – both men and women 65 and older -- do less strength-training than younger people, but there was a marked increase in the percentage of people who did two or more workouts each week. For older men, the statistic rose to 14 percent in 2004, up from 11 percent in 1998. For older women, it rose to almost 11 percent of women in 2004, up from about 7 percent in 1998.

The study's data come from an annual national survey that involves face-to-face interviews with tens of thousands of U.S. adults. Starting in the year 1998, this question was added; "How often do you do physical activities designed to strengthen your muscles, such as lifting weights or doing calisthenics?"

The report added that the U.S. government has set a public health goal that 30 percent of American adults should be doing strength-training at least twice a week by 2010. But the new report indicated that the goal maybe difficult to attain after analyzing the data from the recent study.

To view the CDC study, click here. (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5528a1.htm)

Related

Did you hear?... CDC reports 'no real increase' in obesity among U.S. adults

After a quarter century of increases, U.S. adult obesity rates have not measurably increased in the past few years, but levels are still high, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 33 percent of adult men and 35 percent ...read more

Did you hear?...Study finds majority of women who visit blog sites say blogs influence buying decision

Further underscoring the power of the web and ultimate power of consumer-to-consumer reviews and advice, a study coordinated by BlogHer.com and Compass Partners has found that 57 percent of women who read blogs say the information they read in them influences what they buy. The ...read more

Did you hear?…UK fitness association study notes strength of industry

UNITED KINGDOM -- A new study out of the UK says the UK Health & Fitness Sector -- valued at almost GBP 2.5 billion (USD $4.7 billion) -- has grown in value by 4 percent over the last year, and now has more members than at any time in its 20-year history. Additionally, the report ...read more

Did you hear?… European women's web usage outpacing men's

Although men currently spend more time on the Internet, women in Europe increased their web usage at a faster rate than their male counterparts in the past three years, according to a report published by the European Interactive Advertising Association's Mediascope Europe unit. ...read more

CDC study lauds community activity programs

You know the old saying, "it takes a village" to raise a child? A new study suggests the village also plays a key role in keeping adults physically fit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported community-based physical activity programs for adults are ...read more

DId you hear?... OIWC establishes Pioneering Women Award

The Outdoor Industry Women's Council has established a Pioneering Women Award to honor women who have demonstrated "an outstanding commitment to mentoring female colleagues." Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 1, 2001 and should be submitted to Maile Buker at: ...read more

Did you hear?... Isis wins ispo DuPont BrandNew Women Award

Isis, maker women's outdoor apparel, has won the ispo DuPont BrandNew Women Award for Winter 2002. The ispo DuPont BrandNew Awards are for "young, imaginative, future-oriented and usable brands" and products in the sports sector. Isis was chosen by nine international members of ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?…Women prove buying power for equipment, plus German retail gains, IHRSA, Holmes Place, SportsArt Fitness, and more…

For the weeks of Aug. 9-22 >> Once again proving women have buying power, particularly when it comes to fitness gear, NSGA's "The Sporting Goods Market in 2005" consumer purchase report found that they are significant purchasers in numerous fitness-related footwear and equipment ...read more

Did you hear?... Vans to introduce a line of outdoor footwear for women

Vans has announced that it is introducing a line of outdoor footwear for women "geared towards a youthful, edgy consumer looking for a technical product designed for aggressive outdoor activity." SNEWS® notes that Vans used this same exact quote when they introduced a line of ...read more