July 2017: The typical American spends five hours per week on outdoor play (e.g., exercising, participating in organized sports, playing with kids at a playground, walking around the neighborhood or local park, or taking a swim). Research shows that outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, especially in children. Playing outdoors is also proven to relieve stress and enhance social interactions in all ages.

Key Findings

  • The typical American spends five hours per week, roughly 45 minutes per day, on outdoor play
  • Just over a third of Americans (35 percent) spend more than an hour a day on average actively involved in outdoor play
  • Parents and Baby Boomers are most likely to spend over an hour a day being active in the outdoors (41 percent)
  • Millennials, Gen Xers, vs Baby Boomers spending more than an hour a day being active outdoors - 31 percent, 33 percent, 41 percent respectively
  • Adults with no children vs adults with children spending more than an hour a day being active outdoors - 33 percent vs 41 percent respectively

 

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