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Runners Are Running Even Longer—And The Numbers Are Shocking

Recent data shows how much longer people started running in 2020.

Running enthusiasts are incredibly loyal to their sport. The COVID-19 pandemic didn't stop runners from lacing up their sneakers and crushing miles upon miles of terrain. (Plus, this awesome source of cardio has provided much-needed time in the good ol' fresh air.) That's what makes running one of the biggest trends of 2021. And to give you an idea of how dedicated runners are to their sport, according to RunRepeat, in 2020, over 50 million individuals in the U.S. ran or jogged. The report even reveals runners began running longer distances in 2020—and the numbers are shockingly impressive.

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The health benefits of running are truly astounding

group of runners training outside

This ever-so-popular kind of cardio workout can burn off a minimum of 400 calories in an hour, making it one of the ultimate ways to stay in shape, while building such confidence, self-esteem, and endurance! By running consistently, you may lose weight, strengthen the core muscles in your body, and build up an impressive six-pack, according to New Health Advisor. The overall health benefits are truly astounding.

In addition, running can reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol. You will give your immune system a boost and lower the possibility of developing blood clots, too. The sport is also quite social since it can be easily planned with friends and can connect you with other devotees of the activity.

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Recent data reveals the total miles ran outside jumped by 34% in 2020

happy woman jogs along trail

RunRepeat published interesting data that was collected from different fitness tracking apps and such during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Interestingly, the amount of running and jogging jumped globally by 65% in that timeframe, and individuals ran on average 37.3% additional miles. The total amount of miles ran outside (as opposed to on a machine indoors) jumped by 34%. Even races experienced an increase from the spring to fall season of 45.5%.

The fact that individuals started working from home could be the reason for the noted 5% more runners between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The data also indicates that 5.6% of bicycle enthusiasts moved from cycling over to running. Additionally, individuals started getting more use out of running apps, as the usage went up 27%.

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You can easily kick up your cardio and get into running today

woman running

Running is a fun cardio exercise that anyone can easily start. Get yourself some comfortable workout gear and the right pair of sneakers for your runs, stretch it out, and get started! You can decide how involved you want your cardio to be, but it's an amazing activity that will help you stay physically fit. If you need some inspiration, we've covered the best running workouts that burn fat fast and the top treadmill workouts for shedding fat.

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Alexa Mellardo
Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling fitness, wellness, and self-care topics to readers. Read more about Alexa
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