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:
- 37 percent more smiles
- 163,607 (or 18.7 percent) fewer divorces annually
- 29.3 million happier marriages
- 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
- $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
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.