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What If Everybody Ran? No, Really, Everybody

Running may not be the biggest part of my life right now, but that’s not by choice. (Insert complaint #456,400 about knee injury here.) But there was a good chunk of time where it was, and with continued physical therapy and hard (and painful!) work, I hope it will be again soon; I’m definitely on my way. I may not be hitting triple digit mileage during the week these days, but knocking out a good sprint on the treadmill feels pretty darn good. There’s something about running that doesn’t match up with other endurance sports for me: The high I get from a run, the mental clarity, the feeling of being able to dominate the rest of my day when I’m done, the way things suddenly just don’t bother me anymore. It’s more than a physical workout.

People who don’t run often look at runners like they have three heads and have utterly lost their mind when it comes to their determination and dedication to the hobby. But really, if you just tried it — really tried it — you might see why so many people are addicted to this simple sport. The popular running company Mizuno was thinking along the same lines. They recently paired up with the University of North Carolina to answer one really, really important question in the running world: What if everybody ran? The results were impressive: I highlighted some of my favorites below…

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Photo credit: Mizuno

If everybody ran …

Mental/Emotional 

  • 37% more smiles in the United States
  • 163,607 (18.7%) fewer divorces annually
  • 29.3 million happier marriages
  • 7 billion more hours spent outside
  • 27 million more sunrises seen per week
  • 20% better memory

Economical

  • 50% reduction in national productivity lost from sick days
  • $25.3 billion increase in the Gross Domestic Product
  • $4 billion increase in donations made to charitable organizations
  • 10% more earning potential
  • up to 46% fewer homeless

Health/Medical

  • $143 billion savings in health care costs
  • 5 million fewer hospital visits annually
  • 116,000 fewer hip replacements annually
  • 25% more breaths of fresh air taken
  • the non-running population could drop 1.9 billion pounds in a year
  • 200 million inches lost from American waistlines
  • 48.1 million fewer cigarettes smoked daily
  • increase average life expectancy of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women
  • 32% better dreams and 23% less tossing and turning
  • 20 million more great grandmothers

Miscellaneous

  • a total of 1.62 billion more birthday cakes
  • 63 million happier dogs
  • 135 million fewer hours spent watching TV
  • 14 billion fewer hours spent online
  • 173 million new running apps downloaded
  • 135 million more victory beers
  • 135 million more road race entries
  • 135 million more bananas eaten
  • 135 million more bagels eaten
  • 60 million more pounds of pasta eaten

Other Interesting Stats:

  • people who exercise during the workday were 23% more productive
  • exercise can reduce anger rates by 83%
  • current waist size of men and women in the U.S. is 38.5 inches
  • there are 34.1 million daily smokers
  • daily smokers smoke, on average, 15.1 cigarettes per day

… so maybe it’s time to lace up a pair of running shoes and start hitting the pavement.

Do any of these surprise you? Can you relate to any of these?

 

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