How long does it take to walk a mile?

Walking is something most of us do every single day and it can have some pretty impressive benefits! Walking burns calories, so if you’re trying to lose a bit of weight without the ‘exercise’ put on your trainers and head outside! Walking benefits the heart, muscles, eases joint pain, lowers blood sugar and boosts your immune system and the best thing about it - it's absolutely free!

How long is a mile?

A mile is equal to 1609.34 meters - now this may make no sense to you if you don’t understand measurements and distance (don’t worry I’m with you on that one!), so to put it simply- 1 mile = 1.61 kilometers, which is around 2000 steps for the average person. Considering you should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day a mile isn’t long if you put it into perspective. To answer your question directly, a mile should take you around 15-20 minutes if you walk at a moderate pace- but everyone is different so don’t worry if it takes you a little longer!

Is walking a mile hard?

This may seem like a silly question but walking for longer than you’re used to can be a challenge. Those with cardiovascular, respiratory or muscular diseases will find walking harder compared to a healthy person- but the benefits of walking can really help, even if you’re completely healthy. Most people probably walk a mile a day without even realising, especially the shopaholics out there who can shop for hours! Your steps add up throughout the day- even if you haven’t left the house, but if you want to burn calories, you need to consistently walk over a longer period of time.

Tips for walking a mile

Wear comfy shoes, there’s nothing worse than blisters when you’re walking! Whether your goal is to walk a mile or you’re already walking a mile a day, switch up your routine - try a different route, change your pace or maybe even try a little backwards walking? A small change can make a walk less like a chore and much more enjoyable! My final tip- don’t forget your arms, the classic speed walk arm swing is there for a reason! Get your arms moving for a quicker pace and a little upper arm workout at the same time. The most important thing however is to ENJOY yourself, so grab some friends and get outside!


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