What if everybody ran?

What if Everybody Ran Infographic 231x300 What if everybody ran? Do you ever think about what the world would be like if everybody ran? I’ll admit, there are some people I just can’t picture running (hi mom!). But Mizuno apparently has a bigger imagination than I do, or at least a more optimistic one. The company recently decided to take a look into what the world would look like if everyone did, in fact, run.

Working with a team from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Mizuno requested a statistical analysis of the widest viable range of Americans capable of adopting running as a consistent source of aerobic exercise. Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s overall population stat of 320 million, the team estimated that 270 million Americans could realistically be converted to regular runners.

With that in mind, the team determined that running could lead to myriad improved outcomes. Take a look:

Mental/Emotional Impact

  • 37 percent more smiles
  • 163,607 (or 18.7 percent) fewer divorces annually
  • 29.3 million happier marriages

Economic/Commercial Impact

  • National productivity lost fro 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 lead to $25.3 billion in new exports or a $25.3 billion increase in GDP

Health/Medical Impact

  • $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 house spent online
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Happy runner = happy dog?

Kind of impressive, no? I can’t speak for others, but I certainly know I’m in a better place when I run. Multiply that exponentially as Mizuno and UNC did, and well, the sky’s clearly the limit. Maybe we can all do our part to help bring more people into the fold.

Do you think the projected stats are realistic? Have you ever recruited someone to running? 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Mizuno.


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  1. those are some pretty crazy statistics! but also pretty cool!

  2. I believe!!! Now, do I WANT everyone running? Hmmm. I’m thinking it would be harder to get my Brooks and signing up for races may become a tad tricky but, if it’s going to do so much good then YES, let’s do it!
    Being a personal trainer and fitness instructor for many years, I can happily say that I have recruited many, many people to run. Some are even STILL at it and happier for it. I know I am.
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  3. It would definitely be a good thing if more people ran – I know people in my life you could be A LOT healthier and running might be the thing to help them get there. I know it has helped me :)
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  4. you know me :-)
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  5. i like to think they are, and they give me hope! that matters!
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  6. Over my 25 years of running, I definitely recruited people into the ways of running and I hope I have inspired them to continue. BTW, love the happier dog statistic!
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  7. 12% increase in sightings of men in short shorts…
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  8. My job as a PNP would completely change! Less obesity, less constipation. That would be great! I’d probably see more sports injuries, but athletes are pretty motivated to get better, so that would be a plus too!
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  9. I love reading through these statistics. It’s amazing. Especially the number of happier dogs!
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  10. So interesting to think about! I wish we could all collect together as a community and do this, but I am sure this campaign will help some people! I would love to see the changes that would have to be made to make the world more runner friendly to make this possible! Imagine all the trails, dirt paths, sidewalks, green spaces would have to be improved! Yes please!

    I am sure you have already inspired people to start running, keep it going :)
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  11. The stats and the smiles don’t lie!
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  12. Those are insane statistics! I love the hip replacements one since non-runners tend to use ruining your joints as an excuse!
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  13. I definitely think the dog stat is true! :)
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  14. I love this idea from Mizuno! In fact after participating in the Twitter chat last night, I blogged about my thoughts on it today. Here is my post. http://www.theeverydaywarrior.com/2014/03/06/what-if-everybody-ran/
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  15. Totally unrealistic. Not because I wouldn’t like to see it happen, but we do not have the infrastructure to support it. Using roughly 15 million runners as a starting point (people who “ran” at least 100 days over 52 weeks) means that to reach 270 million runners we would have to increase by a factor of 18x. If I consider just the running locations in the Houston area I am familiar with, I cannot think of one that can handle those kind of increases because it would be akin to putting on a major race every single day twice a day (once for morning runners and once for afternoon/evening runners). Case in point: Memorial Park hosts several thousand runners every day. Multiply that by 18x and it’s more runners than all but the largest marathons. Even my neighborhood, with 21 miles of paved sidewalks and trails, would be unable to accommodate an increase like that. Again, I would love to see it happen, because I would have a lot more friends, but it’s a total rethink of how we design cities and neighborhoods (not necessarily a bad thing).
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    • MissZippy says:

      I would love to have it be the cause of infrastructure changes…more pathways, parks, etc. would be a great thing!

  16. If everybody ran, there’d probably be a shorter wait to get pizzas at Little Caesar’s.

    I wouldn’t mind being recruited to run again. Mainly because of the snack tables at the end of races.
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  17. I believe all of it… now we just need to convince the rest of the world! My hubby used to resent my running and race training. Now he’s training for his first marathon and we’ve been doing a lot of long runs together and I would say we’re a lot closer for it. He’s also nearly 20 lbs lighter than when we married- not hard on his big frame, but he most importantly he FEELS good, which is also vital to a happy marriage and home.

    But I too have other relatives that scoff and love to repeat things like, “Ha! I’m allergic to exercise!” *shrug* You can’t win over all of them!
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  18. I definitely think the world would be a better place. Then I could even talk about running more instead of keeping it among runners only.
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  19. I always say that the world would be a better place if everyone ran. I know the HUGE positive impact running has had on just my life and my family/friends since I started, so I think the global impact would be huge and awesome!! :) If only….
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  20. oh, and I meant to say that as much as I love running, I don’t think that everyone would have to run to have this positive effect. I think everyone just needs to get active and find something they are passionate about and enjoy and will stick with (whether that is running, cycling, Cross Fit, swimming, etc.) Exercise is powerful!
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  21. The world definitely needs more smiles and happy dogs! Love this!
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  22. My hub’s co-worker is trying to recruit him to run. He said he’d pay him $5,000 if he would finish a 1/2 marathon with him. The guy is serious but I doubt my hubs will take him up on it.

    Do you know what I could do with $5,000? I could use it as a store credit at the bakery that would last for at least a month.
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  23. Impressive stats, but more likely to happen if they started with walking
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  24. Of course, I would amend the title to read “What if Everyone Ran With Good Form and Remained Injury-Free?”
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  25. I am loving this campaign!!!!! Asic is part of it too & I actually got on their treadmill challenge – the 4.07 pace or something like that – scared the crap out of me! ;)
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  26. I especially like to see kids/teens get hooked on running since it is something they can do for the rest of their lives!!!
    Way back in my middle school coaching days, I made sure that all of my athletes knew that running was never a “punishment.” I hate when coaches use laps as a way to “punish” because all it does it makes the basketball, volleyball, etc. players hate running. We ran for conditioning and to have more stamina in the games – I always ran with them (except the last month I coached since I was super pregnant!!)
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  27. I’d like to think the stats could be true – how wonderful would that be?! I know how much running has done for me and I’m always trying to get others to drink the “Kool-aid” :)
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  28. I love Mizuno and love, love, LOVE this campaign. Such a wonderful concept. I wish more people ran. More run buddies!

  29. The world can always use more runners :D
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  30. Interesting and I think the stats are good. We will see miracles I think. I’ve recruited quite a number of people over the years.
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  31. Obviously you can’t have everyone running, but if those that could run actually did run, that would be fantastic. Even three 2-mile sessions per week would be a great achievement for most people, and quite manageable too.

  32. That would be great! I’ve tried to recruit a couple of friends but they really didn’t want to. All I know is that I get in a bad mood when I can’t run or do any kind of sweat therapy.
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  33. I love the increased productivity… it’s so true! The days I run I am much more energized and focused through my work.
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  34. I’m so much happier and nicer when I run. We all know the benefits so it’s nice that their are some stats out there that back up our experiences.
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  35. Love this post! It is really eye opening and I think the world would be a much happier place in a lot of cases if everyone did run. I’m including your post in today’s 5 for Friday on the blog.
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  36. I’ve recruited a few people to run, and they still actually run!

    I think those stats are amazing! Imagine what other things it could impact!!

    Although being a nurse, I’m sure there wouldn’t be a shortage if everyone ran!! Hmmm.
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  37. Those are some really cool numbers! I was one that: became happy, spent less time at the dr’s (well, except for knee and hip surgery and PT for it- but both were non running related!!), eat better, feel better, and have done a lot to increase the international coffee trade. My earning has increased, too with some coaching and some writing (running has really helped my creative juices flow again!!).
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  38. I love this message they put out! I’m sure some of it can be debated, but overall I think most of us “runners” would agree. It’s amazing when you think about what exercise – running – can truly do to transform lives!
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  39. Bad science is intellectually insulting, and furthers the cause of ‘science as marketing’.

    Look – as a runner passing 25 years since I did my first ‘by choice’ run at 23, I am TOTALLY in favor of running. But as a scientist and statistician … I completely hate this anti-intellectual approach to using ‘statistics’ and ‘research’ to sell product.

    Bottom line – while the product (running) is better, the approach is the same as watching Mad Men nuance science to push cigarettes.
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  40. Those stats are crazy! I wish we could make it BE!
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  43. Wow, that’s impressive. Obviously everyone should run!
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  44. Shoot! How does running relate to 10% increased household earning? Let me know and I am in. :)
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