The economics of love: The best recreations to meet men and women

Finding romance during recreationI've always found it much easier to meet people while we're enjoying recreation together; golf, whitewater rafting, bicycling, all put me in a convivial state of mind.

If you feel the same, and if you're looking for romance, you might wonder what kinds of recreation would offer you the best opportunity to find a mate? We have the answers, thanks to a study that the National Sporting Goods Association was kind enough to share with us.
Are you looking for a man?

Here are some types of recreation that draw more men than women, a healthy percentage of them between 18-44 years of age.

Bicycle riding is enjoyed by almost 45 million Americans, 56.6% of which are male. Of the total number of riders, one in five is a man between 18-44. Among riders claiming to be the head of household, 30% report an annual income of more than $100,000.

Backpacking/Wilderness camping draws almost 13 million participants, 56.9% being men. 29% of all backpackers are men 18-44. 20.4% of people who take part in this recreation have a household income between $50,000 and $74,999 per year.

draws almost 6 million people to the slopes, men making up 71.9% of the total, with those 18-44 comprising 34.1% of the total. 58.3% of snowboarding heads of household are college graduates.

Golf is still mostly a man's sport; of the 25.6 million duffers, 77.8% are men, and 39.3% are men between 18-44. 37.4% of all golfers report a household income in excess of $100,000 a year.

Paintball devotees are 80.3% male, with 4.68% men between 18-44. Male heads of household are 46.8% college graduates.

Bow hunting is the most heavily-male dominated recreation surveyed, at 89.8% men. Of the 6.1 million bow hunters, 52.2% are males between 18-44. Of men who bow hunt, 47.9% are college graduates.

Are you looking for a woman?

There are several types of recreation that are predominately enjoyed by women.

In-line roller skating is enjoyed by more women (57.2%) than men (42.8%). Of the 9.3 million who roll, 22.7% are women between 18-44 years of age. Over three-quarters of bladers are college grads.

Volleyball is played by 12.2 million people in this country, 58.4% of whom are women. Of the total, woman between 18-44 make up 24.4%. Volleyball players report that 28.9% of them have a household income over $100,000.

Exercise walking has a huge number of participants; over 96 million. Females make up 61.4% of this population, 27.6% between 18-44. Almost one in four exercise walker heads of household report an income over $100K per year.

Aerobic exercise classes are another place to look for the perfect woman. 70.9% of those who take part in aerobic exercising are women. Of all aerobic exercisers, 38.8% are women between 18-44. In this category, 30.4% live in households with an income in excess of $100,000 a year.

Yoga is the recreation most heavily skewed female. Of the 16 million Americans that take part, 80.4% are women; 51.5% are women 18-44. 30.6% of yoga practitioners have a household income over $100,000.

Of course, every sport draws a slightly different type of individual, so identifying which recreations are well stocked with the sex of your interest is only the first step.

You should also consider what kind of person is draw to each sport. If you're put off by blood sports, taking up bow hunting to meet men might not be such a good idea. If you can't picture yourself in a One-legged King Pigeon Pose, yoga may not be the way to meet women.

Still, the traditional gender biases of recreation in this country are gradually disappearing; perhaps your love life would be improved by finding the courage to try something new.

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