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Does Socnet Make People ‘puter Taters?

The rising obesity numbers have people looking for anyone or anything to blame. Television and computer time are both being blamed for some of the more sedentary people, however, at least with certain age groups, the computer may not deserve any of that blame at all. Those people are not sitting around watching You Tube videos and giggling for hours, however. They are using their computers to reach out to their social networks and may be reaping the benefits from doing so as sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others seem to be driving them toward new and more involved forms of fitness.

In a study by the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association as well as its affiliate, the Association of Fitness Industry Retailers and Manufacturers, it was found that Gen Y, or those whose birth years fall between 1980 and 1999 are much more likely to engage in many forms of group exercise including higher impact aerobics and spinning classes than other generations were. Those types of exercise have increased by 20% in the last three years, with the social media sites driving some of those numbers. People stay connected with their peers on their Facebook pages, holding each other more accountable in the process. Pictures allow them to see watch each other’s progress as well.

In addition to group exercise, there has been a surge in the sale of home and commercial exercise equipment with home sales jumping by nearly four percent and commercial sales increasing by just over five percent. In addition to weights and other items, treadmills and elliptical machines have finally started seeing a sales increase after lackluster sales in the past few years.

Exercisers are also getting a major boost from some of the apps found on a number of the smart phones that they carry, getting calorie counts for all of the foods they are eating as well as tips and tricks for exercise. There are even apps that allow them to schedule their workouts in advance. Users were also able to log in to their weight loss or exercise specific web sites to track their movements for the day, getting feedback and suggestions as they set and reached specific goals.

The study also found that people who were 45-54 years old were more likely to engage in core aerobics as well as other types of exercise such as walking or running whether they did so on a treadmill or out in the neighborhood.The number of people in this age group who are regularly engaging in some form of exercise was just under twenty percent.

The SGMA study also looked at where people were exercising, discovering that people in the over 45 age group were more likely to exercise in some form while they were at their own homes while those who were 25-34 were more likely to go to gyms to get their exercise. Both groups reported talking about their exercise on their Facebook or Twitter accounts either before they went or after they were finished.


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interesting article. I had not seen the SGMA research but it makes a lot of sense based upon my personal research. At one time we were a nation of people who were more active in our youth and then slowed down in our old age. Now we see that trend ending as younger American eschew physical activity almost as much as they seem to avoid communicating in person.

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