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What If Everybody Ran/Skate? No, Really, Everybody

Running and or Skating may not be the biggest part of our lives right now, but that’s not by choice.  A lot of people don’t get enough exercise, and the month-long analysis looked at the statistics of how runners live relative to the general population.

“The results that surfaced from our analysis were eye-opening. It was remarkable to see the profound impact a simple activity like running could have on our society,” said Michael Schinelli, UNC’s associate dean of communications.

Skateboarding on the other hand is good exercise as it works our muscles in the core and the legs. Even crusing a skateboard over distance without attempting creative maneuvers is considered moderate activity and can be great exercise. In fact, you can burn more than 340 calories per hour of skateboarding, and it will keep you skinny and if you do a lot of 180 and 360 variations you will get a 6 pack. Cool eh?

In the Philippines, most people especially those who are not into exercising look at runners as well as skateboarders like they have three heads and have utterly lost their minds when it comes to their determination and dedication to the hobby. But really, if you just tried it — really tried it — you might see why so a lot of people are addicted to this cool sport. Mizuno, a popular running shoe company was thinking along the same lines. They recently paired up with the University of Carolina to answer one really, really important question in the running world: What if everybody ran? The results were impressive. Check details below:

If everybody ran …

  • 37% more smiles in the United States
  • 163,607 (18.7%) fewer divorces annually
  • 29.3 million happier marriages
  • 7 billion more hours spent outside
  • 27 million more sunrises seen per week
  • 20% better memory
  • 50% reduction in national productivity lost from sick days
  • $25.3 billion increase in the Gross Domestic Product
  • $4 billion increase in donations made to charitable organizations
  • 10% more earning potential
  • up to 46% fewer homeless

  • $143 billion savings in health care costs
  • 5 million fewer hospital visits annually
  • 116,000 fewer hip replacements annually
  • 25% more breaths of fresh air taken
  • the non-running population could drop 1.9 billion pounds in a year
  • 200 million inches lost from American waistlines
  • 48.1 million fewer cigarettes smoked daily
  • increase average life expectancy of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women
  • 32% better dreams and 23% less tossing and turning
  • 20 million more great grandmothers
  • a total of 1.62 billion more birthday cakes
  • 63 million happier dogs
  • 135 million fewer hours spent watching TV
  • 14 billion fewer hours spent online
  • 173 million new running apps downloaded
  • 135 million more victory beers
  • 135 million more road race entries
  • 135 million more bananas eaten
  • 135 million more bagels eaten
  • 60 million more pounds of pasta eaten
Other Interesting Stats:
  • people who exercise during the workday were 23% more productive
  • exercise can reduce anger rates by 83%
  • current waist size of men and women in the U.S. is 38.5 inches
  • there are 34.1 million daily smokers
  • daily smokers smoke, on average, 15.1 cigarettes per day

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