Saturday, January 12, 2008

Get Outside and Succeed in Your Resolutions

Most of America's top New Year's resolutions could be achieved by a weekly hike or some type of outdoor excursion with family and friends. Losing weight and getting fit consistently top America's list of New Year's resolutions. Outdoor Industry Foundation's Exploring the Active Lifestyle report found that 50% of outdoor participants say that participating in outdoor activities is the main way they get exercise. However, The Next Generation of Outdoor Participants 2007 and Exploring the Active Lifestyle determined that only about half of U.S. adults are participating in outdoor activities on an annual basis.

Spending more time with friends and family, reducing stress, and trying something new also topped the resolution list. According to the Exploring the Active Lifestyle report, 91% of outdoor participants between the ages of 35 to 44 believe that participating in outdoor activities strengthens family relationships; 88% of all outdoor participants feel that getting into a natural setting allows them to escape the everyday pressures of life; and 78% declare that they know how to get started in a new outdoor activity that interests them.

Many Americans state "enjoying life more" is their top resolution. A simple weekly outdoor excursion with family or friends is a celebration. The positive side effects and enjoyment received will cover most all the other top resolutions.

a news release of the Outdoor Industry Association, from the Jan 11, 2008 newsletter
See Exploring the Active Lifestyle Report
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