It's no secret that running is filled with health benefits -- it helps you lose weight, build cardio endurance and gain muscle.
Beyond the physical, there are many emotional and psychological benefits. In fact, a recent survey by Brooks Running reveals just how much running impacts our lives.
More than 75 percent of all runners -- and 84 percent of males -- believe that people look sexy when they're running. About 75 percent agree that they'd be more attracted to someone if they found out that he or she was a runner. Some act on these actions with half saying they have used running as their pick-up line.
More than half of survey respondents said they run to clear out the cobwebs and hit refresh, while nearly 90 percent living in the city found that it is a great way to fuel ideas.
In addition, more than four in five respondents said that running helps them come up with the best ideas. Running in the great outdoors also seemed to fuel more ideas than among those runners who stay inside.
“Our mission at Brooks is to inspire everyone to run and be active, and I can’t find much better inspiration than the results of this survey,” said Heather Snavely, Brooks Senior Director of Global Brand. “Who doesn’t want to feel healthier, smarter and sexier? And all you need to do is put on a pair of running shoes and log some miles? What are we waiting for, let’s lace up and go!”
Despite how much people love to run, sometimes they need some extra motivation to get out the door. Nearly three-quarters of respondents agree that attractive running gear motivates them to get up and out the door. Fifty-nine percent of runners say that jogging with a friend helps them stay on track.
When it comes to music, runners find that more songs are more inspirational than others. In fact, when asked to pick a top tune to play on repeat for all 26.2 miles of their marathon, nearly 60 percent chose the classic "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.
The Brooks Run Happy Nation Report was conducted by Wakefield Research.