What would the world be like if everybody ran? This is not the premise of a futuristic Jerry Bruckheimer flick — although that would be pretty cool. Free idea, Hollywood. Take it.
The question was posed to the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School by Mizuno Running. After many late nights at the library and number-crunching, we now have their findings. And they are illuminating.
In addition to personal health improvements, the mass migration to the streets would have several impacts on the world, including:
- $130 billion in health care savings
- Increase of more than $47 billion to the national GDP
- Nearly 2 billion pounds of total weight loss
- 10 percent increase in household earning potential
- 5 million fewer hospital visits
For a more complete view of this brave new world, visit What If Everybody Ran?
It’s hard to see the negative in a more bipedal-driven existence. The findings might even get your lazy bones up off the couch for a much-needed jog (soft j, of course).