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“Hottest" Active Sports in America New Top 10 List

“Hottest" Active Sports in America New Top 10 List

SILVER SPRING, MD – May 14, 2013 – Want to know which sports or activities Americans are participating in to become fit and healthy? Which sport or activity is the new craze? Check out the lists below pulled from newly PAC logoreleased Physical Activity Council report.  You will see the top ‘calorie burning activities and sports’ with the greatest growth in participants and percentage growth in the past two years.

Top 10 Active Sports 

PHIT America also dug into the research and has some interesting observations. Americans are walking, running, swimming and biking…and enjoying ‘The Great Outdoors.’   Plus, not one traditional athletic activity is listed among the top 10 active sports in the U.S.  Here are other newsworthy trends:

  • Walking is King – Walking for Fitness is America’s #1 choice for exercise and has more participants than the next two activities combined
  • Enjoying ‘Mother Nature’ - Trail running, recreational kayaking, and day hiking are ‘hot’ sports to watch
  • Free Spirits in Sport - Non-traditional/off-road triathlons and adventure racing are the top two activities with the strongest percentage growth gains in the last two years
  • Road Runners Rule - Among standard fitness pursuits, running/jogging is thriving and showing steady growth in participation
  • Inside & Outside - Among the top ten growth categories (by percentage) for sports participation, all ten take place in either an air-conditioned club or in an outdoor setting
  • Aquatic Appeal - The sport with the largest growth in overall participation in recent years is fitness swimming.

“Among the sports participation categories analyzed, it appears that many Americans are ‘polar opposites’ as they are attracted to a multitude of outdoor/non competitive sports and to fitness activities at a health club,” said Mike May, Marketing Adviser for PHIT America.

The Physical Activity Council research is a six-year study surveying 41,000 Americans ages 6+ every year. The panelists are asked a series of questions, including if they participate in any of 104 activities or sports and their frequency of participation.

Find A Place In Your Area To Do Any Of These Activities

If you are interested in playing one of these sports or activities, but don’t know where to go in your area, PHIT America can help! Check out the Participate Database on  On this webpage, there are 60 sports and activities with different ways to get involved. Click on any of these links and you will find locations in your area.

PHIT America -- an educational, advocacy and social media marketing campaign -- is designed to reach millions of Americans and create a Movement for a Fit and Healthy America. PHIT America will combat the obesity and sedentary activity crisis -- which is having an adverse effect on health care costs in the U.S. -- by promoting new legislation and grassroots programs that will help get Americans more active, playing more sports, getting fit and becoming healthier.

PHIT America – -- is a not-for-profit cause and campaign launched in January, 2013

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