The Potential Impact of a National Running Movement
This post is sponsored by Mizuno. I was provided Mizuno products in exchange for sharing What If Everybody Ran?
So, what do you think the impact of a national running movement would be on communities and possibly the country? Mizuno commissioned a statistical analysis from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School to explore the question, What if everybody ran?
As I may have mentioned a time or 2 I’m a research and stats kind of person. I like to analyze data and see where it takes me. When I was asked to share Mizuno’s research results I thought research, statistics and running? Of course I said yes.
To give you a frame of reference, the US population is currently around 320 million and 300 million of those are considered old enough (5 and older) to run and create regular exercise habits. Of the 300 million, 30 million Americans run more than 50 times per year.
We believe running is powerful. ~Mizuno
- 37% more smiles in the United States
- 163,607 (18.7%) fewer divorces annually
- 29.3 happier marriages
- in one year, Americans would spend 7 billion more hours outdoors
- 27 million more sunrises seen per week
- national productivity lost from sick days could be reduced by 50%
- $25.3 billion increase in the Gross Domestic Product
- $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
- 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 road race entries
- 135 million more bananas eaten
- 135 million more bagels eaten
- 60 million more pounds of pasta cooked
- $4 billion increase in donations made to charitable organizations
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
Thirty minutes a week. 52 weeks a year. Is all it would take. If everybody ran the world would be a better place.
Who have you inspired to start running? Are you surprised by any of the statistics? What other ways do you think communities and the nation would be impacted by a national running movement?
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