1. We get sweaty
Sure, it’s a drag to be wiping dripping sweat off your forehead, under your arms, behind your kneecaps. But guess what? Sweating is the human body’s brilliant method of quickly shedding heat. With sweat glands all over our bodies, we can cool our bodies down before any danger of overheating kicks in. Also, aside from that one guy you see who could use a trip to the body wax salon, our general lack of body hair makes it a lot easier to cool off. Take that, lion.
2. We have big butts
And we cannot lie (sorry, couldn’t help it). Take a look at the runners in animal kingdom and you won’t see too many copious derrieres. Too bad for them, because our booties, specifically our gluteus maximus muscles, are uniquely shaped to help in propelling the body forward while running. Need further proof? Even runners with prosthetic limbs can go the distance because of gluteal strength.
3. We’re genetically programmed to run
Most scientists (including Harvard anthropologist Daniel Lieberman, who published an oft-quoted study in 2007) believe that our ancestors were daytime hunters and scavengers. In other words, those guys had to get to the animal faster than any other hunter, or else there would be no food for dinner. What’s the link between those old guys and you? Um, have you heard of Darwin?
4. We are curious
Just think, modern humans moved from Africa to Asia around 75,000 years ago. From there, to South Asia, 50,000 years ago, to Australia 46,000 years ago, and Europe 43,000 years ago. That’s some major wanderlust. We run because we are movers and we always want to see the next trail, the next vista, the next continent, and the next world. If we weren’t good at getting places, we’d have been stuck.