Strength training becoming more popular


Four out of five Norwegians train at least once a week this year and increasingly more are doing strength training.

According to the Living Conditions Survey from Statistics Norway, the physical activity level in the population has been stable since 2013 but the proportion of older people who responded that they exercise has increased.

Eighty percent of the population aged 16 and over said that they exercise at least once a week. However, there has been a change in the activities of people. Strength training in particular is gaining in popularity.

In this year’s survey, 46 per cent stated that they do strength training over the past year compared to 18 per cent in 2001.

The possible reasons for the increase include more private fitness centers offering strength training as well as better knowledge.

Strength training is most popular among people aged 16 to 24 years. In this age group, 78 per cent stated that they have been doing strength training over the past year.

Women and men exercise about the same amount but engage in various activities. Women participate in group training more often than men. Several men said they have been jogging for the past year and more men than women are participating in football.

When it comes to cross-country skiing, spinning or running on a treadmill, the gender differences are smaller. 
The study also shows a clear connection between education and activity level. Higher educated people exercise more. Only 2 per cent with university and college education and 11 per cent who do not have education beyond primary school  responded that they never trained or exercise.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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