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Calling all walkers: how fast do you walk?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I scoffed at the idea of walking for fitness and stuck to sprints and infrequent runs. However, after being required to walk 2.5 miles in 35 minutes, I can see it's no joke. The experience got my heart rate up and worked my legs. However, I'm not sure that this fast-paced walking is exactly what is prescribed for optimal fitness.

So walkers, how fast do you go?

ETA: I guess what I am wondering is this: is there an upper-limit on walking speed/intensity/duration that would push walking past the chronic cardio threshold? Since although the jarring/impact is less than running, the effect on my cardiovascular system from maintaining a 4mph pace felt nearly as taxing as jogging at 5.5mph...

541e77c423482c95db2950cd462aef79

on September 01, 2012
at 04:53 PM

the latter, i'm quite tall.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on September 01, 2012
at 02:25 AM

I don't know, I picked it up right away, but 2 of the 3 other people who have tried my desk have almost destroyed it lurching around and grasping at things. (It's not the most sturdy desk in the world...)

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on August 31, 2012
at 06:24 PM

lol...that would be something to see! Anyway, I hope you move into a better situation soon. Good luck!

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Even with low traffic, it's still a highway and there are blindspots and there is no space along the side of the road to walk. I almost considered training my puppies to walk on the treadmill, but gave up with that.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on August 31, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Actually we total two hours, that wasn't counting her sprinting after frisbees and swimming in the local pond and whatnot. It helps that I'm unemployed, she's an active breed dog and I'm a dog trainer/behavior consultant on the side. :)

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on August 31, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Don't know how busy your highway is, you said it's small. You could try a short walk during non-rush hours when traffic is light. Even a ten or 15 minute walk would be good (5-7 minutes one way). My dog has intestinal issues so he really needs to walk most days or else he gets constipated (and trips to the vet to treat are expensive). Stay safe and hope your current situation doesn't last long.

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on August 31, 2012
at 12:36 PM

@susan I don't get it all in one walk, but get up early for the first five miles daily, regardless of weather. The rest is pieced in during the day.

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on August 31, 2012
at 08:03 AM

I'm in the metric system, so maybe my calculations are way off but neither the distance or the pace should give you trouble if you are fit. hope you are not one of those people who 'walk' the dog in their car :-) I take long walks, pace usually around 5 km/h

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:21 AM

I think I'm going to try the off-day thing. I used to push a 5-6x a week crossfit regimen until I messed up my back from a shitty overkill workout and no rest. I love nerd fitness! Thanks.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:18 AM

You can walk a 5mph?? That's impressive! Once I hit 4.5 my body nearly forces me to jog because it's more efficient (at a lot easier) to keep up with a pace like that.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:16 AM

You are either a speed daemon or have long legs. :) That is fast for a sustained rate of walking..

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:15 AM

Wow, over an hour a day... Your pup is a lucky dog.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:14 AM

Your dogs are lucky. I feel bad for mine. I just moved to a house that's on a main road (a small highway) with no sidewalk and I don't feel comfortable walking them or pushing my daughter in a stroller along the road. Thankfully it's only temporary but when I walk outdoors I have drive them somewhere and when time is limited I just stick to the treadmill. :(

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:11 AM

I considered turning my treadmill into a desk, but I was too distracted even at 1 mph. Is it a learning curve? I probably just didn't give it enough time.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:09 AM

Wow, is that 2-3 hours of walking done as part of your day or do you set aside the time to do it all at once outside of working hours? Either way, I'm impressed. I don't have the time to walk that long, I'm lucky to get 45-60 min a day for *me* time.

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on August 30, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I don't know but slow walkers are very irritating to be around.

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on August 30, 2012
at 10:07 PM

I don't but slow walkers are very irritating be around.

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(10611)

on August 30, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I usually do 17-18 minute miles walking 10 miles/day. If I go to 15 minutes I feel like I'm speedwalking, and am more comfortable jogging.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:09 AM

Wow, is that 2-3 hours of walking done as part of your day or do you set aside the time to do it all at once outside of working hours? Either way, I'm impressed. I don't have the time to walk that long, I'm lucky to get 45-60 min a day for *me* time.

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on August 31, 2012
at 12:36 PM

@susan I don't get it all in one walk, but get up early for the first five miles daily, regardless of weather. The rest is pieced in during the day.

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21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

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on August 31, 2012
at 02:26 AM

I walk 6.7 miles a day on average, and walk a 15 minute mile out in the street/the park.

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0cddf17fbd678b897beeace676b0df92

on August 30, 2012
at 08:55 PM

A 20 min mile is a good moderate pace. For me, I walk on my "easy" workout day. Stairs or intervals are my harder workouts. Do what works for you.

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81d5dcf5f86a8bd104a5955ac29fe832

on August 30, 2012
at 09:08 PM

When I am by myself on a walking workout, I average a 16-17 minute mile. When I'm with someone else, we are closer to a 13-14 minute mile.

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on August 30, 2012
at 09:06 PM

I walk slowly. There's a few reasons for that. 1. I like to woolgather when I walk. 2. I am usually walking a puppy and a disabled kid. 3. It's nice outside.

I can walk fast, if I have to, I just prefer not to. I would say a mile every 20 minutes is the average.

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on August 31, 2012
at 02:11 PM

I walk to work and back and it's a 3.5 mile journey. I normally do it in around 40 -50 minutes depending on whether I feel like strolling or walking quickly.

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0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

on August 31, 2012
at 12:40 AM

I walk my dog between 4 and 6 miles a day -- with the starts and stops, we do an average of 3.5 miles per hour. I take advantage of the pauses to check in on my yogic breathing patterns and my posture, maybe do some static stretches.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:15 AM

Wow, over an hour a day... Your pup is a lucky dog.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on August 31, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Actually we total two hours, that wasn't counting her sprinting after frisbees and swimming in the local pond and whatnot. It helps that I'm unemployed, she's an active breed dog and I'm a dog trainer/behavior consultant on the side. :)

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on August 30, 2012
at 10:09 PM

I walk about 3.5 to 8 miles a day, three to five days a week. It takes me an hour to walk 3.5 miles, including stopping at some stoplights along my route.

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on August 30, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I generally walk 3-5 miles a day.

I'd say anywhere from 17-20 minutes/mile. No hurry, ever, just go at whatever pace my body goes.

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on August 31, 2012
at 10:31 AM

I do about 20mins/mile with a few bursts: fun part is avoiding tourists, or smokers. :)

The tourists look like they're in a trance, looking up, starry-eyed jaw agape. I can understand the awe, but I wish they'd come out outside of rush hour instead, especially when there's a family of four, holding hands or walking slowly should to shoulder, and sometimes they even drag luggage behind them. The most idiotic thing I've seen is for them to take pictures of stores. Mind you, not rare stores, but just generic stores, or fast food restaurants/coffee places. Are McD's or Starbucks really that rare everywhere else in the world?

Smokers are the most annoying, especially if they're ahead of you. I'm sure diesel exhaust is probably worse than cigarette smoke, but it doesn't make it any less annoying when there's a pool of smoke in front of you and you have to hold your breath while you rush past one smoker, only to find you're now behind yet another one. Even more annoying are smokers who go to Central Park and smoke, yeah, how nice that you've come out to see and enjoy nature and pollute it. Thanks buddy...

I find that walking on the edge of the sidewalk is the best way to do that. There's usually obstacles, such as newstands, hydrants, flowerpots/metal posts, people handing out flyers - some holding very large wide signs so as to use up even more space, etc., so I almost always switch to the street gutter and quickly get around them, but now there's pedicabs to avoid as well.

After 9/11 they put big flowerpots in front of a lot of buildings, or just metal posts, I guess they're worried about someone driving a truck into a building or something, but it makes the sidewalks much narrower, so more congested. There's also a lot of construction these days with closed sidewalks/scaffolding.

So NYC's a big obstacle course if you're walking. It's probably worse if you're driving or biking.

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on August 31, 2012
at 04:02 AM

I generally do about 4mph (or a 15 min. mile). Some days I'll go slower or faster depending upon my energy level and the weather conditions. Like another poster noted, I walk on my "rest" days (every other day). My non-rest days involve some sort of HIIT routine (I like to keep it short and varied).

I would suggest, at the very least, a light warm-up of squats, lunges, leg swings before walking at this rate and a few minutes of leg stretches post-walk as well. Check out NERD Fitness - lots of information on that site - you could get lost.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:21 AM

I think I'm going to try the off-day thing. I used to push a 5-6x a week crossfit regimen until I messed up my back from a shitty overkill workout and no rest. I love nerd fitness! Thanks.

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7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 31, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Never thought about how fast I walk, I just walk when I feel like walking, once every morning for 20-30min, then during the day I often make random trips to town or the market, either for WiFi or to browse for an excuse to walk and get out of the house, as it feels like a dungeon inside if I stay in too long. I love the sun and can't get enough of it, the hotter the better. I find forcing yourself to walk faster than your normal pace, or forced running everyday stresses you out. It stresses me and my body out, and makes it a chore, something not to look forwards to. A walk at a pace I feel comfortable with at the current moment I find helps me look forwards to it and enjoy it. I mainly walk outside to get the sunlight which I love so much, to keep my body moving without stressing my mind and body.

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on August 31, 2012
at 01:26 AM

I walk 7 miles a day and try to hit 12 minute miles. I didn't do that until I found out that walking slowly burns far fewer calories than a fast walk. A 2.5 mph walk will burn about half the calories of a 5 mph walk (for each mile). For me, one mile at 2.5 mph burns about 52 calories and at 5 mph 102 calories.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:18 AM

You can walk a 5mph?? That's impressive! Once I hit 4.5 my body nearly forces me to jog because it's more efficient (at a lot easier) to keep up with a pace like that.

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541e77c423482c95db2950cd462aef79

on August 31, 2012
at 12:43 AM

4.2 ~ 4.5 miles/hour.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:16 AM

You are either a speed daemon or have long legs. :) That is fast for a sustained rate of walking..

541e77c423482c95db2950cd462aef79

on September 01, 2012
at 04:53 PM

the latter, i'm quite tall.

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Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

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on August 30, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I've heard that 3 mph on pavement is average- I'm a bit faster than that, but not by a lot. A good average for hiking is 2 mph.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on August 30, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I try to walk the dog around the neighborhood four or five times a week. It's about 1.25 miles and takes about 20 to 25 minutes with a few potty breaks and one water break for the dog. I like to walk fast, the dog--not so much!

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:14 AM

Your dogs are lucky. I feel bad for mine. I just moved to a house that's on a main road (a small highway) with no sidewalk and I don't feel comfortable walking them or pushing my daughter in a stroller along the road. Thankfully it's only temporary but when I walk outdoors I have drive them somewhere and when time is limited I just stick to the treadmill. :(

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Even with low traffic, it's still a highway and there are blindspots and there is no space along the side of the road to walk. I almost considered training my puppies to walk on the treadmill, but gave up with that.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on August 31, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Don't know how busy your highway is, you said it's small. You could try a short walk during non-rush hours when traffic is light. Even a ten or 15 minute walk would be good (5-7 minutes one way). My dog has intestinal issues so he really needs to walk most days or else he gets constipated (and trips to the vet to treat are expensive). Stay safe and hope your current situation doesn't last long.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on August 31, 2012
at 06:24 PM

lol...that would be something to see! Anyway, I hope you move into a better situation soon. Good luck!

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747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

on August 30, 2012
at 10:35 PM

When I was thru-hiking we averaged 3 to 3.5 mph pretty-much all the time. I'm typing at a standing desk right now, going about 1mph. I usually top out at 1.6 on this. Much faster and I can't concentrate on my work.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:11 AM

I considered turning my treadmill into a desk, but I was too distracted even at 1 mph. Is it a learning curve? I probably just didn't give it enough time.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on September 01, 2012
at 02:25 AM

I don't know, I picked it up right away, but 2 of the 3 other people who have tried my desk have almost destroyed it lurching around and grasping at things. (It's not the most sturdy desk in the world...)

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7af03e9253695f2a369c14541db2f448

on August 30, 2012
at 10:34 PM

I walk to work daily on Calgary's hilly paths - about 2.75km in 25 minutes, or, around 14.7 minute miles.

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