According to a report released by the Outdoor Foundation the year before last year, sampling data showed that about half (48.8%) of Americans, regardless of age or sex, participated in at least one outdoor activity in 2019, an increase of 200 compared to the previous year. Ten thousand people. Since 2007, this ratio has not changed much. Among these people, an average of 77 outdoor activities are carried out each year, and 21% of them have at least two outdoor activities a week. Due to the impact of the new coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) this year, large-scale outdoor activities have been further reduced.
The most popular outdoor activities are jogging and trail running. In 2019, 52.3 million Americans participated in running, accounting for 18% of the total population.
The second is fishing. 16% of Americans, or 47.2 million people, fished in 2016, including fishing at sea, fishing in freshwater lakes and rivers and fly hook fishing.
According to data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 40% of Americans over 16 years old, or more than 100 million people, go to the wild to hunt, fish or watch wildlife. (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Cycling takes the third place among outdoor activities, including road bikes, mountain bikes and small-wheeled racing bikes (BMX). In 2019, 15%, or 45.8 million Americans, have participated in outdoor biking activities.
The next step is to hike. 42.1 million Americans (14% of the population) took exercise outdoors in 2019.
Finally, go camping outdoors. There are many ways for Americans to camp. Some people spend the night in a tent in their home (or other people's) courtyard, some sleep in a car in the wild, or a special camper, and of course, there are backpacks and hiking in the wild. In 2019, 40.5 million Americans used to camp outdoors, accounting for 14% of all Americans.
These Americans who are keen on the outdoors, no matter what kind of activities they mainly participate in, many of them also walk for fitness, which is the favorite cross-activity of people participating in outdoor sports. Among all outdoor activity participants, in addition to their main outdoor activities, 45% said they would also go hiking.
From the perspective of gender and age group, male American teenagers between the ages of 6 and 17 have the highest participation in outdoor activities, at 65%. Followed by young men aged 18 to 24, 54% of them participated in outdoor activities. Although the overall proportion of girls participating in outdoor activities is lower than that of men, in the 18-24 year old age group, 56% of female youths participated in outdoor activities in 2019, which not only increased by three percentage points from the previous year, but also exceeded Men.
For American families participating in outdoor activities, regardless of whether they have children, the average number of outdoor activities per year is 78. Statistics show that if you start participating in outdoor activities as a child, you will be more likely to continue to engage in outdoor activities as an adult. Of those who have had outdoor activities in their childhood, 16% will not continue outdoor activities later, but 37% will be keen on outdoor activities in adulthood. Therefore, those who advocate outdoor fitness encourage parents to take their children to the outdoors from an early age.
Participating in outdoor activities has a lot to do with people's education and family income. The Outdoor Foundation report shows that 27% of college graduates will participate in outdoor activities, while the proportion of high school graduates is only 15%. 32% of people with an annual household income of more than US$100,000 participate in outdoor activities, while only 14% of family members with an annual income of less than US$25,000 participate in outdoor activities.
From the perspective of ethnicity, although whites are the main force in outdoor activities in general, accounting for 73%, the proportion of participation of different colors and ethnicities has changed in recent years: whites’ participation in outdoor activities has increased from 51 years ago. % Has dropped to 50%, while Asians are on the contrary, increasing from 50% to 51%. Hispanics, like Asians, have an increasing proportion of outdoor activities, which is quite close to that of whites. It is worth noting that although the proportion of black Americans participating in outdoor activities is also increasing, it is still low. Only about one-third of black Americans participate in outdoor activities. Relevant people call for not only that African Americans and their associations should pay attention to the importance of outdoor activities for people’s physical and mental health, but also that relevant industry organizations should focus on those who have not yet paid attention to outdoor activities, and that people can take the initiative to invite them when they go outdoors. Those friends who have not yet set foot in join, join in the embrace of nature.