Why We Go Outdoors: A Graphic Tale

After the lousy spring we've had, you may need this reminder
Staff Writer

For the last few weeks in much of the US, the outdoors has not been the place to be—or at least not a very inspiring place. We've endured horrible tornados and flooding in the Midwest, wildfires out West, days on end of cold and rainy weather in the East.  

So this weekend it's time for a re-boot.  

Our friends at Statista have put together a nice, motivating infographic (below) on outdoor sports in the United States—what we do, how many of us do it, and why we do what we do.  Need some suggestions?  If you want to keep it simple, just go for a run. In 2011, we went running 4.4 billion times. Want to try something new? You won't be alone. Fifty-eight percent of stand up paddlers were first-timers that year, as were 37 percent of off-road triathletes and 28 percent of adventure racers. And why do we go outside? There are five excellent reasons, and if you don't know what they are, you're really in a funk. Refresh your memory with a full-size version of the chart here.


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