Introducing the second edition of the LA Fitness fun fact quiz! Think you know LA Fitness better than the rest? Put your knowledge to the test! We bet you’ll be stumped on at least a few of these
The world is a massive place, and most of us barely scratch the surface of seeing it in our lifetimes! Well, if you’ve ever been curious how other countries around the world partake in sporting events and fitness trends, look no further than the list below. If your favorite country didn’t make the list, it’s nothing personal, there’s far too many to include in one article – check to see if they make it on our next edition of Top Sports & Intriguing Fitness Trends from Around the World!
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United States – In 2014, ESPN ranked professional football as the most popular sport in America for at least the 30th straight year.4 With many blockbuster films and popular TV shows featuring the sport, and the Super Bowl dominating as one of America’s favorite pastimes, it is no surprise this hard-hitting sport makes the touchdown as America’s top sport.
Fun fact: While yoga has become increasingly popular over the years in the U.S., its origins lie in India. Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice rooted in Hinduism, which was introduced to Americans by the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda in 1893.12 The Indian government is currently trying to get yoga recognized throughout the world as India’s cultural property.13
Fun fact: Parkour fans have France to thank. Georges Hébert, a former French naval officer, developed the training method after travelling through Africa and witnessing the indigenous peoples’ athleticism with their natural environment. His parkour training method is still used by the French military today.14
Fun fact: Japan is known for being over-the-top in fun and wacky ways when it comes to certain things. Take for example, Japan’s weight loss sunglasses which are tinted blue in order to help our brains find the food unappetizing.16 Research has shown that blue is the least-appetizing food color17, therefore in theory, this should help users of these sunglasses eat less, which could help lead to weight loss.
Fun fact: Have you heard about morning raves? Popular in London, and spreading their way around the world, these early morning dance parties are everything you’d find in a rave, sans the drugs and alcohol. While it may seem like a silly concept, folks that have attended feel that it’s a great way to start the day and feel more energized19 before setting off for work or school.
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- “Ice Hockey.” Sports in Russia – Ice Hockey. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Channel, Travel. “Russian Sports.” Travel Channel. Travel Channel, 10 Feb. 2011. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Government of Canada; Canadian Heritage; Communications. “Home.” Government of Canada; Canadian Heritage; Communications. N.p., 09 Mar. 2016. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Rovell, Darren. “NFL Most Popular for 30th Year in Row.” ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 26 Jan. 2014. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Live Action Role-playing Game.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 28 June 2017. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Hays, Jeffrey. “TABLE TENNIS AND PING PONG DIPLOMACY IN CHINA.” Facts and Details. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.
- tsumi, Igor. “15 Most Popular Sports In Brazil.” The Brazil Business. N.p., 21 July 2014. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Verotti Farah, Ana Gabriela. “The Gym Industry in Brazil.” The Brazil Business. N.p., 30 Jan. 2013. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Top 10 Most Popular Sports in Australia Sporteology.” Sporteology. N.p., 06 Sept. 2016. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Top 10 Wacky Sports around the World.” Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 20 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Top 10 Most Popular Sports in India | Most Followed Sports in India.” Sporteology. N.p., 01 June 2017. Web. 26 July 2017.
“Does Yoga Belong to India?” The Week – All You Need to Know about Everything That Matters. N.p., 07 Feb. 2015. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Lawrence, Cameron. “How Parkour Works.” HowStuffWorks. N.p., 02 May 2006. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Traditional Japanese Sports.” Japan National Tourism Organization | Japan In-depth | Exotic Experience. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Kopman, Jeffrey. “13 Crazy Fitness Trends from Around the World.” The Weather Channel. N.p., 28 Jan. 2016. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Frucci, Adam. “Weight Loss Sunglasses Make Your Food Look Gross so You Won’t.” Gizmodo. Gizmodo.com, 24 Mar. 2008. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Tmg. “What Is the Most Popular Sport in England?” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 15 Feb. 2017. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Rubin, Gareth. “Wake up to Breakfast Raves – They’re a Healthy Way to Start Your Working Day.” The Observer. Guardian News and Media, 01 Nov. 2014. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Activities & Sports.” Discovering Ireland Vacations. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Malcolm. “Learn All about History and Culture. Free Lesson on Poi History History of Maori POI in New Zealand.” Home of Poi. Home of Poi, 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Athletic Scholarships.” The History Of Racquetball. Where And How Racquetball Started.N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.
- Henson, Joaquin M. “Why Filipinos Love Basketball.” Philstar.com. N.p., 23 Mar. 2016. Web. 26 July 2017.
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