Who run the world? Girls, that’s who, at least according to exercise tracking and social media platform Strava. Per Strava’s 2020 Year in Sport data, women led the workout charge this year, with a greater increase in the median number of activities uploaded to the platform.
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The data paints an interesting portrait of how people worked out — and logged their workouts — during the pandemic. Between April and June alone, outdoor walks were logged three times more often than the same period in 2019. People also hiked nearly twice as much as last year.
With organized races largely cancelled due to the pandemic, more than one million athletes joined Strava’s monthly 5K challenge in May, per the data, and there were three times as many solo marathons run compared to 2019.