North Dakota was named the least laziest state in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek on MSNBC.com yesterday. This has been a five-year study (2005-2008) using data from BLS American Time Use Survey.
So what makes a state lazy (was my first thought)? They were very clear that they did not mean lack of work ethic or engagement, but it was measured by leisure time spent doing sedentary activities compared with activities that require more physical effort, such as exercising and even working. In North Dakota, the least inactive state, people sleep 8 hours, 4 minutes; watch 2 hours, 19 minutes of television; socialize for 40 minutes; and relax for 22 minutes. The average time North Dakotans spend working is just over 5 hours. The average for the U.S. population: 8 hours, 35 minutes sleeping; 2 hours, 38 minutes watching television; 44 minutes socializing; 18 minutes relaxing; and 3 hours, 23 minutes working.
I think this study reinforces why North Dakota is so Legendary. When I think of the passion of this state, I think how important recreation and being active is. Hunting and fishing, hiking and biking, canoeing and kayaking, golfing and birding, it seems endless. Recreation is important to many travelers and ND has the scenery and the space to keep ya movin'.
The summers are breathtaking, full of everything green, fresh and the happiness of people to just be outside all day, which many travelers are aware of. I think many are surprised, however that this is still a very active state all year-long. Fall is starting to become one of my favorite months, with temperatures in the mid 70's, it is perfect weather for all outdoor recreation. Winter is not far behind with my latest favorite activity being cross-country skiing (there is something about working up a good sweat in the snow). Finally, spring... ohh how I do love our springs here! Fresh leaves, flowers, smells, golf courses starting to open and I am back at running season. It's too hard for me to pick my favorite season, I guess that's why having 4 seasons makes North Dakota Legendary!
What's your favorite season, does it have to do with your favorite recreational activity?
Check out the full article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38382866/ns/business-bloomberg_businessweek/