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[Exercise] What percentage of people living in the United States participates in sports and exercise activities on a given day? Has that changed over time? Who is more likely to exercise? What kinds of sports and exercise activities do people do? When do they exercise and play sports?

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) collects information on how, where, and with whom Americans spend their time, providing data on a full range of activities. This Spotlight uses data from the ATUS to examine participation and time spent in sports and exercise activities.


Suggested Citation
Woods, R. A. (2017). BLS spotlight on statistics: Sports and exercise. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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