I do love a good walking fact, and here you will find some of my favourites. If you have some of your own, please add them to the comments below.
Ten of my favourite walking related facts
- Given that the world is about 25,000 miles (40,233.6 km) in circumference and that the average walking rate is 3 miles per hour (4.83 km/h), it would take a person walking non-stop approximately 347 days to walk around the world
- Fire-walking, or the act of walking over hot stones or embers with bare feet, is a religious ceremony practised in several parts of the world. Fire-walking is said to help guarantee a good harvest or purify the participants.
- It would take, on average, 1 hour and 43 minutes of walking to burn off a 540-calorie Big Mac!
- Experts suggest walking 6,000 steps a day to improve health and 10,000 steps a day to lose weight
- Walking briskly for one mile in 15 minutes burns approximately the same amount of calories as jogging an equal distance in 8.5 minutes
- When the body walks faster than speeds of 3.1 mph (4.99 km/h), a person’s stride length naturally increases, which burns more calories. In fact, research shows that at maximal levels of exertion, oxygen consumption is only slightly lower for race walkers than it is for runners.
- A person walks 65,000 miles (104,607.36 km) in their lifetime. That’s equivalent to walking three times around the earth.
- Experts say that when shopping for walking shoes, you should always buy shoes that feel comfortable right away. There is no “breaking-in period."
- Also, feet swell during the day, so it is important to get fitted for walking shoes at the end of the day when feet are at their largest
- Walking increases blood flow to the brain and improves your mood.