So as we approach the end of the year some of you will be giving thought to New Year’s resolutions and for many, especially men, topping that list will be going back to the gym and getting in shape.  Gyms will get a surge of new sign-ups in January as a result of a New Year’s promise but going several times a week will be among the first resolutions broken.  More than 30 million men belong to a health club or gym and here are some numbers and statistics to consider while you’re on the treadmill.

  • Men who have belonged to a gym for more than a year have a waistline that is an average of 1.6 inches smaller than those who have not.
  • The age group working out the most is from 30-39 according to a very unscientific measuring of playlist streams.
  • Just over 70% of men listen to music while exercising. 70% of them listen to their own music while 30% listen to whatever is playing over the sound system.
  • In terms of geography…Washington D.C. ranked at the top with just over 40% of men meeting federal guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. South Dakota was last with just 17%.
  • Almost half of the men who exercise take a supplement to increase or maintain mass or strength OR to boost recovery.
  • Here’s one for men and women. More than 75% of you who join a gym or health club in January will quit after five months.  By the way women are more likely to bail then men.  If you are planning to do so as a New Year’s resolution then good luck.  It’s likely better than buying an expensive piece of equipment that eventually just becomes a place to hang your clothes.

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