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Leading motivations to do sports in the Netherlands 2017, by age group

This statistic shows the motivation of Dutch individuals to participate in sports activities. An ample majority of Dutch individuals participating in sports, do so to remain healthy and fit. This is the most important sports motivation in all age categories. Around half of the respondents sport because of the fun and relaxation that goes with it, 30% because of the sociability and social contacts. Sporting because of the fun of it is the most important to the Dutch individuals in the age category 18 to 34 years. The appearance and figure is also an important reason for this category to participate in sports activities. The motivation to participate in sports or to move in general becomes less important while age increases. The advice of the doctor plays a more important role in the older age categories.

Leading motivations to do sports in the Netherlands in 2017, by age group*

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Release date

August 2017



Survey time period

July 20 to July 30, 2017

Number of respondents

3,499 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

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Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

Multiple answers were possible.

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