What if Everybody Ran?

Mizuno launched an ad campaign in March with 16 second spots on how the world would be different if everyone ran. They employed a group of MBA students from a University of North Carolina business school to generate statistics based on potential benefits of 270 million sedentary Americans were to start running at least 30 minutes a week.

Many of the results shared in ads are irreverent, such as the increased instances of "race face," 135 million more celebration beers and lowered inhibitions. Here's some other interesting statistics they came up with.

  • Up to 48,081,000 fewer cigarettes smoked daily
  • 7 billion more hours spent outside
  • 20% stronger memory
  • 63 million happier dogs
  • We'd save up to $143 billion in health care costs
  • 60 million more pounds of pasta eaten
  • 25% more breaths of fresh air
  • Up to 46% fewer homeless people
  • 10% more earning potential
  • 32% better sleep
  • 37% more smiles
  • Up to $25 billion increase in GDP
  • 270 million bigger hearts

FTC Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored.

Tony has been a runner for over three decades, competing in cross country and track in high school and college, and road races for various clubs. He's served as team captain for several Corporate Challenge teams at YMCA of the USA, and has informally coached many friends over the years.

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