Older Adults 'Backbone' of Fitness Industry

A new report from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association indicates that older adults are the "backbone" of the fitness industry. "From 1987 to 2007, the number of health club members in the United States, aged 55 and older, increased by more than 500 percent - from 1.6 million to 9.9 million," says SGMA president Tom Cove. "In 2009, one in four health club members in the U.S. were at least 55 years old. During that same 20-year time period, the number of health club members aged 18 to 34 rose by just 52 percent - from 9 million to 13.7 million. Without the support of America's seniors, the fitness industry would be in rough shape."

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