10-06-21 | News

NRPA Survey Finds Time Outside Valuable

U.S. Adults Find Time Outside Lowers Stress

A recent NRPA survey shows that 96 percent of U.S. adults spend time outdoors daily with more than half spending more than 30 minutes outside.

According to a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recent survey, U.S. adults said they value time spent outside because it helps reduce stress.

96 percent of U.S. adults surveyed spend time outdoors daily, with more than half spending more than 30 minutes and one-third spending more than one hour outdoors daily.


"For more than a year, people have been experiencing increased levels of stress, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic," said Kevin Roth, NRPA vice president of research, evaluation and technology, "Park and recreation professionals and their agencies are primary providers of public outdoor spaces and programming that have served as a vital respite."

Gen X is more likely than adults to spend more than an hour a day outside with 39 percent and 33 percent. Meanwhile Gen Z is more likely than adults overall to not spend outside during the day at 9 percent and 4 percent.

A prior survey by NRPA showed that 260 million people in the United States visited a park or recreation at least once over the past year.


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