The average walking speed for the typical adult is approximately 3 mph.*
Have you noticed if you usually walk faster or slower than three miles per hour? You may want to figure out your personal average walking speed for your baseline measurement.
You can use this information to help schedule your day, time your workouts and fit activity into the time slot you have left. Walking speed is also good to know when you have appointments that must be met.
Walking just 21 minutes a day can cut your risk of heart disease by 30 percent.*
That is great news. We all have 21 minutes to spare in the span of a 24 hour day or 1440 minute day. This gives you 68 chances each day, by probability, to take your walk.
Getting up and out for your walk is something people did on a regular basis years ago; that is what kept them regular, if you understand my thought process. Before the influx of technology and social media, it was routine for people to go for a walk after every meal. See that? Even if you only eat twice a day, that gives you two walks per day. Three meals and you have all your steps in for the day.
Please keep in mind, that a post meal walk would last ten minutes. Yes, people actually walked after every meal; because, they knew it kept their metabolism working smoothly. Even the days of travel by horse, it was suggested to walk whenever possible instead of riding.
Hmmm, maybe that is why I prefer walking the horse to riding the horse. My subconscious health and wellness coaching mind is continuously at work. I see the love in the horses’ eyes, knowing that we are all happy with each others’ company, rein and saddle free.
Now, if only I could ship all this extra rain to drought areas.
Interval walkers lost six times more weight than walkers who maintained a steady pace, according to a Danish study.
Therefore, enjoy an interruption or two; because, that will automatically incorporate interval walking. This is the fact I keep in mind while stopping or slowing down to watch the fawns, smell the roses, let the dogs do their duty, catch up with a friendly neighbor or…uh oh… run from the bees, oh boy!
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training which is a popular interval workout and safe when done properly.