April 6th

Family running in the fall with a dog

More Americans have turned to the outdoors in the era of the pandemic, according to a new report by the Outdoor Industry Association. The report indicates that people are turning to nature as a way to connect with others safely, exercise, stay healthy and reduce fatigue caused by spending so much time on screens.

Here are a few of the highlights from the report:

  • Those who participated in an outdoor activity for the first time alone did so close to home and chose a “low barrier to entry activity” such as walking, running or biking.
  • Participants were more likely to engage in outdoor activities that were within 10 miles of home.
  • More than 60 percent of those who started or resumed an outdoor activity like walking or biking say they plan to continue once restrictions lift.
  • New outdoor participants report screen increased screen time, which in pre-pandemic days was seen as a barrier to spending time outside. But in the era of the pandemic, people were more likely to turn to the outdoors as a way to offset screen time.
  • Spending time in the safe space of the outdoors during the pandemic has helped participants cope with the feelings of loss, fear and loneliness.


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