Delving into the Mizuno study a little further today....
Continuing our deeper plunge into the research…..Let’s look at what else researchers found as an effect.
If we estimate the population of the US being around 320 million people and about 300 million are at an age that could possible run (< 5yrs old); it turns out that the CDC has found that only 50% of the adult population achieves the recommended amount of aerobic exercise in any form. That is 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity a week or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous activity. Of those active people, they found that only about 30 million run more than 50 times per year (at least once a week). So let’s assume that we could add 270 million people who could be converted to running, and this includes 150 million inactive Americans. That’s a lot of people!
What’s the effect? A happier, healthier population! And a smarter one!
Most runners will tell you that running makes them feel better and more focused. Studies have proven this to be true. It turns out that regular aerobic exercise actually improves memory test by over 20% as well as problem-solving abilities and the ability to learn new vocabulary. Running can improve attention, memory and information processing, anxiety, overall mood, and more. In fact, if everyone ran we would have an 83% reduction in anger and overall moods would be improved by 37%.
Imagine a day with 37% more smiles!
That would be a great day!