Parks and Recreation: A Cure for Winter Inactivity

December 26, 2019, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

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The large majority (86 percent) of U.S. adults say their physical activity level changes during the winter. More than half (58 percent) are less active, while slightly more than a quarter (27 percent) are more active.

Physical activity levels vary based upon age and geographic location. People who live in the Northeast, Midwest and South are less active than people who live in the West during the winter months.

Local park and recreation agencies provide a variety of indoor and outdoor options to beat winter inactivity. Options include recreation centers (with gyms and fitness centers), martial arts, aquatics, fitness enhancement classes, ice rinks, and trails for walking, hiking, running and/or biking.

Each month, through a poll of 1000 U.S. residents focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. Questions span from the serious to the more lighthearted. The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research. Visit the NRPA Park Pulse webpage for more information.