The increased interest in fitness around the globe has generated interesting statistics regarding the type of fitness choices as well as their cause and effect in the health industry. The popularity of fitness combined with new medical information can offer insights into the types and forms that create the most benefits as well as the demographics of those that are pursuing fitness. Tracking patterns and data can also assist in altering everything from community to city planning for accommodations.

  1. Where People Are Running In Major Cities

This collection of city maps brings together some useful data in a broad span of major cities. It makes use of information that offers running routes which can affect the way city planners choose to enhance budgets to incorporate future areas such as bike lanes and running paths.

  1. Risks Associated with Cycling in London

This quick view and simple data visualization exemplify how the risks for cyclists in London, England have changed over time. To truly correlate valuable information from the data, one must also add the additional elements of increased cycling trips, distance and automotive traffic.

To accommodate a sense of ‘truth in statement’, the visual display is also required to have incident-free journeys for cyclists. The combination of the two data sets can assist in the development by the transport authorities as well as the emergency and police to assess the priorities of serious road incidents and the development of ‘safe’ bike riding zones.

  1. Fitbit App Dashboard

Wearables have become the main go-to for a majority of fitness requirements. The easy view of the visuals for achieving a particular fitness goal is displayed in both web and mobile app dashboard abilities. This arena has taken data visualization to the masses and uses simple icons combined with attractive colors that highlight distinctive points for information and achievement.

  1. U.S. Fitness Center Members: 2000-2015

Health clubs and fitness centers have become a mainstay focus for those that are interested in maintaining good health. In the United States, the 2014 fitness center memberships totaled to over 54 million. The data used for the information covers nearing 34,000 membership-based exercise facilities that operate either as a single location or as part of a multi-site chain. The easy to view graph indicates the continued uptick in memberships, with only slight variations.

5. Global Health and Fitness Clubs by Region

Health and fitness have become an elevated interest around the world. This graph demonstrates the total number of fitness clubs by region from 2009 through 2014. It is estimated that there were 47.67 million people in Europe in 2014 that were members of health and fitness clubs. This data can be used individually as a gauge for those that invest in the clubs as well as correlated with other health and wellness data to see a cause and effect.

  1. Personal Information Tracking

The concept of the word ‘fitness’ has taken on an entirely new meaning as it encompasses various aspects of daily life. Going beyond just an exercise goal, it includes a variety of elements including personal lifestyle and information tracking. Through the individual data visualizations, the viewer can get updates on training, diet, and desired changes in habits that can affect the overall outcome.

  1. Adults Being Advised by a Physician to Exercise

Many of the health risks that are part of today’s analysis involve a lack of exercise. In 2010, nearing one in three adults who had visited their primary healthcare provider/physician or another type of health professional had been advised to either begin or continue to accomplish physical activities and exercise. This percentage increased from 22.6% in 2000 to 32.4% in 2010. This graph shows that women were more likely to be advised to exercise than men. The denominators for the data were adults over the age of 18 years who had visited a health professional within the last twelve months.

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Health Interview Survey

  1. Exercise Advice as it Correlates with Chronic Health Conditions

Some chronic health disorder symptoms can be reduced with the addition of exercise routine regiments. Between the years of 2000 and 2010, there was an increase for the recommendation of exercise from physicians to patients for adults that experienced hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The graph here demonstrates a higher recommendation percentage (half) for those with diabetes as compared to those patients with cancer (one-third).

The denominators for the data were adults over the age of 18 years who had visited a health professional within the last twelve months.

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Health Interview Survey.


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