The most popular fitness trends in each state
“Early morning gym sesh… #killingit”
If you're one of those rare beings who have never posted about your fitness routine on social media, odds are you follow someone who has or constantly does. But regardless of your personal stance on social media workout updates, one thing is certain: our generation is a little obsessed with being fit — and tweeting about it.
But hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, all those tweets, check-ins and status updates helped researchers at EllipticalReviews.com compose this "Fitness Tweets" study, which breaks down health and fitness trends state by state.
Without further ado, the most tweeted about fitness trends are:
"In our extremely connected world, many people find themselves sharing their day-to-day activities with their social media followers," said Erin Hogg, spokesperson for EllipticalReviews. "We wanted to see which states seem to be working out the most and which workouts are the most popular in the U.S."
So, which states are most guilty of #fitnesstweeting? Well, it probably won’t come as much of a shock, but California, Texas, New York and New Jersey topped the charts. (#GTL, anyone?) The study notes that this most likely has to do with the population density of those areas. Let’s also not forget that Los Angeles and New York City tend to be hubs for active entrepreneurs, models, actors and dancers who are constantly in competition to be on top of their game.
Other parts of this study, however, were a bit more surprising. "We were surprised to see just how much top fitness activities vary by region," Hogg said. "We could really see how much hiking dominates out West, hunting is king in the South, and marathon running is huge in the Midwest and East Coast. It was such a clear divide that we weren’t expecting to see!"
As you'd probably imagine, a state's climate and geography definitely play a huge role in what types of activities its residents enjoy. "We saw a very high percentage of people in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming enjoying the great outdoors by hiking, while things like yoga, which can be done inside, are very popular for major metropolitan areas," Hogg said. "Running marathons seems to also be a major trend in the Midwest and East Coast — these states also enjoy great weather for this activity."
Check out the full study here.