Disclaimer – I am not part of the sponsored campaign, I just loved this study so much that I wanted to share it
Mizuno USA commissioned an in-depth statistical analysis from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, exploring the question, “What if everybody ran?” It was an effort to understand the positive, cumulative impact that running could have on America, in terms of both mental, economic and physical health! Now while I am a loyal Mizuno wearer when it comes to marathons, I know everyone has their own personal favorite shoe. I even have mine sorted by distance and terrain! However, regardless of what you wear on your feet, or don’t wear for that matter, I thought this was an interesting set of statistics to share!
Calculations were based on the initial mathematical assumption, stemming from the United States Census Bureau’s estimated overall population of 320 million, that 270 million Americans could realistically be converted to regular runners (eliminating an estimated 20 million Americans below the age of five, for whom good exercise habits would have yet been able to take root).
- 37 percent more smiles
- 163,607 (or 18.7 percent) fewer divorces annually
- 29.3 million happier marriages
- National productivity lost from sick days could be reduced by 50 percent from 2.3 percent to just 1.15 percent
- A 1.15 percent improvement in productivity could generate $25.3 billion in new exports or a $25.3 billion increase in GDP
- $143 billion savings in health care costs
- 200 million inches lost from American waistlines
- 48.1 million fewer cigarettes smoked daily
- 116,000 fewer hip replacements annually
- Increased average life expectancy of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women
- 63 million happier dogs (based on increased walks/runs)
- 135 million fewer hours spent watching TV
- 14 billion fewer hours spent online
I don’t have many regrets in life, but I do wish I discovered running earlier in life. I know it would have helped with a lot of the teen angst/depression/self-esteem issues many of us suffered in our youth to say the least!
Are you a runner? When did you start? What kept you from starting earlier?
Honestly, I didn’t really know running was/is a thing until I moved to Boston for college and everyone was doing it. And even then it seemed something only fit people do! I didn’t start running until 2008 when I started my first professional job and some of my coworkers told me they ran. I don’t even remember how I got my first pair of running shoes? Maybe Citysports? I do remember switching between elliptical and treadmill every 5 minutes when I first started!