When I travel abroad, mostly in Southeast Asia, I find that the more people are running, jogging, or walking, the more prosperous the town is to some extent. Even though there is a global health boom, it is the people who can afford to run and work out that do not have the money to do so. People who are struggling to afford daily food do not have the time to do such things.
In a society where people are struggling to satisfy their physiological needs, which are at the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, there is no one who runs, and I suspect that people will only start running when they move to the next stage of safety needs. Many people start running because they are concerned about their health when they begin to seek the next stage of physiological needs.
As a result, if there are a lot of people running in a developing country, it means that the country has developed at least beyond the stage of physiological needs to the stage of safety needs, and people feel affluent.
Conversely, in developed countries such as Europe, the United States, and Japan, the number of people who work out by running is not a barometer of wealth, because they are probably beyond the stage of safety needs.
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