New NSGA Participation Report: Women Dominate Most Fitness Activities

Among sports participants age seven and older, females constitute a majority of participants in four of six fitness activities surveyed for 2006 by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), according to data in the new NSGA Sports Participation reports. After aerobic exercising (71%), females represented 50% or more of participants in exercise walking, working out at a club and exercising with equipment, where they represent 60%, 56% and 51% of participants, respectively.
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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Among sports participants age seven and older, females constitute a majority of participants in four of six fitness activities surveyed for 2006 by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), according to data in the new NSGA Sports Participation reports. After aerobic exercising (71%), females represented 50% or more of participants in exercise walking, working out at a club and exercising with equipment, where they represent 60%, 56% and 51% of participants, respectively.

In the other primary fitness activity, running/jogging, women represent 48% of the participants. Only in weightlifting did females fall far behind males in participation, with just 35% of those who lifted weights being female.

Other activities in which women were a majority of the female participants were cheerleading (94%), volleyball (56%), swimming (55%), tennis (53%), softball (55%) and inline skating (53%).

There were nine other sports and activities in which females represent 45%-49% of participants. They are: cross-country skiing (49%), bowling (49%), hiking (49%), tennis (49%), camping (49%), bicycle riding (45%). soccer (45%) and canoeing (45%).

Exercise walking drew the greatest number of female participants, 52.4 million, followed by swimming, 28.6 million, and exercising with equipment, 28.0 million.

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. In addition to the number of participants and frequency of participation, the report provides demographics by age, gender, education, presence of children, metro areas, household income and region of the country. The report includes information on Internet usage of sports participants. The report is available to NSGA members for $395, and to non-members for $485.

State-by-State and LifeCycle Demographics reports are also available in the Sports Participation series.

A complete chart will be available at the NSGA web site, (www.nsga.org).

For more information, contact the Dan Kasen in NSGA Information Center, (847) 296-6742 ext 108, or e-mail: dkasen@nsga.org.

NSGA, which has served the sporting goods industry since 1929, organizes and hosts the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, the sporting goods industry's premier educational and networking event (Next: May 4-7, 2008 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix, Ariz.).

For more information on NSGA member services, visit the Association home page (www.nsga.org); call Rhonda Onuszko at NSGA, (847) 296-6742, Ext. 130; e-mail: ronuszko@nsga.org; or fax (847) 391-9827.

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