01-13-20 | Association News

Survey: Majority of US Adults Less Active During Winter

Park and Recreation Agencies Provide Cure for Inactivity

NRPA's Park Pulse is a continuing series of monthly surveys that gauge the public's opinion on topics relating to parks and recreation.

The large majority (86 percent) of U.S. adults say their physical activity level changes during the winter, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association poll. More than half (58 percent) are less active, while slightly more than a quarter (27 percent) are more active.

Furthermore, people who live in the Northeast, Midwest and South are less active during the winter months than people who live in the West.

Local park and recreation agencies provide a variety of indoor and outdoor options to beat winter inactivity, including:

• Recreation Centers (with gyms and fitness centers)
• Martial Arts
• Aquatics
• Fitness Enhancement Classes
• Ice Rinks
• Trails for Walking, Hiking, Running and/or Biking

"Local parks and recreation centers offer many fun options for people seeking to increase their physical activity level at any time during the year," said Kevin Roth, NRPA's vice president of professional development, research and technology. "There are countless free and low-cost park and recreation-sponsored wellness activities, providing something to everyone."

To explore previous Park Pulse surveys: https://tinyurl.com/y59zy8uu.

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