Spotlight on Statistics

May 2008

Sports and Exercise

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Percent of people aged 15 years and older who engaged in sports or exercise activities on an average day, by region, 2003-06
Region Percent

Total, all regions

16

Pacific
(Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

20

New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

18

Mountain
(Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)

18

Mid-Atlantic
(Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York)

16

West North Central
(Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota)

16

East North Central
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

16

South Atlantic
(Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

15

West South Central
(Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas)

13

East South Central
(Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee)

13

Source: American Time Use Survey

Percent of people aged 25 years and older who engaged in sports and exercise activities on an average day, by educational attainment, 2003-06
Educational attainment Percent

Less than a high school diploma

10

High school graduates, no college

11

Some college or associate degree

14

Bachelor's degree and higher

23

Source: American Time Use Survey

Percent of people aged 15 years and older who engaged in sports or exercise activities on an average day, by specific activity, 2003-06
Sports and exercise activities Percent

Walking

30.0

Weightlifting

13.1

Using cardiovascular equipment

12.7

Swimming, surfing, water skiing

8.4

Running

7.1

Basketball

5.1

Golfing

4.1

Cycling

3.2

Aerobics

3.1

Bowling

2.0

Racquet sports

1.6

Football

1.5

Baseball, softball

1.4

Dancing

1.4

Yoga

1.3

Soccer

1.2

Hiking

0.8

Volleyball

0.8

Martial arts

0.7

Equestrian sports

0.6

Rollerblading

0.6

Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding

0.6

Gymnastics

0.1

Hockey

0.1

Wrestling

0.1

Source: American Time Use Survey

Percent distribution by sex of people aged 15 years and older who engaged in sports or exercise activities on an average day, by activity, 2003-06
Sports and exercise activities Percent of participants in each sport
Men Women

Football

96 4

Basketball

86 14

Golfing

82 18

Soccer

80 20

Baseball, softball

72 28

Racquet sports

69 31

Cycling

66 34

Weightlifting

64 36

Running

58 42

Hiking

56 44

Bowling

54 46

Swimming, surfing, water skiing

47 53

Using cardiovascular equipment

44 56

Dancing

44 56

Walking

43 57

Yoga

20 80

Aerobics

17 83

Source: American Time Use Survey

Percent distribution by age of people aged 15 years and older who engaged in sports or exercise activities on an average day, by activity, 2003-06
Sports and exercise activities

Percent of participants in each sport (1)

Aged 15-24 25-54 55 and older

Aerobics

12 59 29

Baseball, softball

63 32 5

Basketball

84 14 1

Bowling

38 46 16

Cycling

16 59 25

Dancing

49 23 28

Football

84 16 0

Golfing

20 42 39

Hiking

30 51 19

Racquet sports

29 44 26

Running

31 60 8

Soccer

66 34 0

Swimming, surfing, water skiing

29 49 22

Using cardiovascular equipment

11 60 29

Walking

7 45 48

Weightlifting

28 57 15

Yoga

6 71 23

Note:
(1) Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

Source: American Time Use Survey

Percent distribution of people aged 15 years and older who engaged in sports or exercise activities on an average day, by sex and the presence of others, 2003-06
Presence of others

Percent of total sports participants (1)
Total Men Women

Alone

52 52 52

Family

26 24 29

Friends, neighbors, acquaintances

19 20 17

Co-workers

3 3 3

Note:
(1) The percentages do not sum to 100 because some persons participated in the activity with various combinations of family, friends, and co-workers present; others participated in multiple episodes of sports and exercise activities.

Source: American Time Use Survey

Percent distribution by length of time spent exercising of people aged 15 years and older who engaged in sports or exercise activities on an average day, 2003-06
Average hours per day persons who engaged in sports and exercises spent engaged in them Percent

less than 30 minutes

10

30 to 59 minutes

29

1 hour to 1 hour 29 minutes

25

1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 59 minutes

11

2 hours to 3 hours 59 minutes

19

4 or more hours

6

Source: American Time Use Survey

Amount of time that people aged 15 years and older who engaged in sports or exercise activities on an average day spent engaged in that activity, 2003-06
Sports and exercise activities Average hours per day for persons who did the activity

All sports and exercise activities

1.5

Golfing

3.3

Hiking

2.6

Football

2.5

Bowling

2.5

Baseball, softball

2.4

Dancing

2.3

Soccer

2.1

Basketball

2.0

Racquet sports

1.9

Swimming, surfing, water skiing

1.7

Cycling

1.2

Yoga

0.9

Walking

0.9

Weightlifting

0.9

Running

0.9

Aerobics

0.8

Using cardiovascular equipment

0.7

Source: American Time Use Survey

Percent of employed people aged 25 to 54 years who engaged in sports and exercise activities on an average day, by hour of day when exercising, workdays and non-workdays, 2003-06

Hour of day

Percent (1)

Workdays Non-workdays

12:00 Midnight

1 2

1:00 AM

0 1

2:00 AM

0 1

3:00 AM

0 1

4:00 AM

2 1

5:00 AM

10 2

6:00 AM

13 5

7:00 AM

9 13

8:00 AM

7 19

9:00 AM

6 22

10:00 AM

7 23

11:00 AM

8 22

12:00 Noon

8 20

1:00 PM

6 21

2:00 PM

7 19

3:00 PM

9 19

4:00 PM

14 16

5:00 PM

20 15

6:00 PM

23 14

7:00 PM

20 12

8:00 PM

15 11

9:00 PM

9 6

10:00 PM

4 3

11:00 PM

2 2

Note:
(1) The percentages associated with each time refer to the hour that starts at that time. For example, the percentages associated with 1:00 AM cover the interval from 1:00 AM to 1:59 AM.

Source: American Time Use Survey

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