What does this say about us? A new sports participation survey done by the National Sporting Goods Association showed that over the past five years, we have:
+ fallen in love with kayaking and rafting, and
+ lost our taste for cross-country skiing and fishing.
In the poll that surveyed 39 sports and recreational activities in 2000 and 2005, kayaking/rafting grew a whopping 141 percent, from 3.1 million participants to 7.6 million. The No. 2 growth sport? Paintball.
Other sports growing in popularity include archery, target shooting, working out at a club, weightlifting, muzzleloading and hunting with bow and arrow. The biggest loser: in-line roller skating. Others showing declines: backpacking/wilderness camping and scooter riding.