Mizuno posed this question and had the University of North Carolina Business School do an analysis of studies that were already out there. Obviously, there were some assumptions made and some leaps of faith taken, but the conclusions were interesting.
Here are some of the interesting findings:
- 29.3 million happier marriages
- 48.1 million fewer cigarettes smoked daily
- exercise can reduce anger rates by 83%
- 14 billion fewer hours spent online
My favorite though: 135 million more victory beers
Here’s their reasoning:
Beer math: Half of all current runners enter races – so if everybody ran, and half of all new runners also entered a race and had one victory beer afterward, there would be millions more celebratory suds down the hatch.
See, they’ve proved my whole point – run for beer. ’nuff said.
It’s an interesting analysis. I enjoyed reading the study (yes, I read the whole thing, yes, I’m a geek). There is a huge assumption that everyone who is a non-runner could be a runner and an even bigger assumption that it would be good for them, but for *many* people there are benefits to running. I believe that for nearly all people, there are benefits of exercise. Just getting off your chair and moving, however you choose to move, is going to have benefits.
I’m a runner. I run for my mental health. I run to be a better mom and a better wife. I run to be strong. I run to be healthy. I run for the challenges it offers me.
Why do you run? What do you think about the study?
In related news, I ran a total of 47.5 miles in the last 5 days! 5 more weeks until 5 half marathons in 5 days!