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 does it take to walk a mile

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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Walking Challenges UK

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What is a Walking challenge?

A great relaxing way to raise funds for your favorite charity is by participating in walking challenges in the UK. Walking challenges are fun, fulfilling and enable you to fully enjoy and engage with the route you take. You can find walking events that take you through parks, cities, countryside or even to the top of mountains. Varying in length and difficulty they are a great way to keep fit and healthy whilst raising money for a great cause

Walking in the mountains

 


 

Charity Walks

Anyone can take part in charity treks or a sponsored walk or charity trek whatever their level of fitness, this makes them ideal for anyone wanting to take part as a way to raise money for a great cause. There is less rigorous training or preparation needed compared to a run, but you’ll still want to get yourself ready as you need endurance more than anything. Any walks for charity can provide great motivation to keep up your training regime and propel you to the finish line.


 

Training and Preparation

Walking challenges can vary from a 5k walk or 10k walk up to larger challenges such as walking marathons or even sponsored walks for charity that may span a few days. You will need a good amount of endurance as many challenges incorporate uphill and downhill sections that will tire you out quickly if you are not used to long distance walking. It is critical for you to exercise regularly in order to improve your endurance and begin to build up stronger leg muscles that can withstand hours and hours of use.

Ideally, you should begin training by walking three times a week – use a mix of leg exercises combined with core strengthening techniques to build and improve muscle. And walk, a lot. You can easily incorporate walking in to your lifestyle – a trip to the shop, visiting family or friends etc can all be done of foot rather than taking the car.

You’ll want to try and give yourself some routes that you can practice on and try to extend the length of these walks. Start off with just a few miles and slowly try to build up to longer distances.

Mix it up

Once you’ve got accustomed to walking longer distances, you can then start to take your activity on to different types of surfaces. These should ideally include grass, hill and pavement, and in different weather conditions.

Your training program should never be all work and no play – you can reward yourself with treats or goals at the end of walks. Instead of taking the car to the movies, walk instead and use that as your motivation.

 


 

Food for thought

People mostly worry about what to eat or drink during training and at the walking event. There are no hard and fast rules to this – jut make sure to drink lots of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated and energised. You need to have a healthy daily intake of proteins and carbs to maintain your energy levels and ensure you don’t burn out. During the walk you can eat carbs and energy containing foods to keep you going to fight the fatigue.


 

Get the right Gear

Apart from nutrition, invest in some good clothing and walking shoes or boots. Although walking boots or shoes can be a bit costly, they are durable and won’t give you blisters. Similarly, you want to buy high-quality socks that won’t rub your feet too much and allow your feet to breath. Also it’s worth having a second pair spare just in case they get wet during the walk.

A majority of walkers prefer to wear lightweight trousers and a sports top for the main event. Whilst not essential, like socks, they will allow your skin to breath and keep sweat away whilst keeping you warm. Furthermore, carry a pair of gloves to keep if you will be walking in cold areas.

You may also consider carrying a small emergency kit with things such as plasters or creams should you get stung by the wildlife. There are also a variety of gadgets you can take with you too. If you are walking an unfamiliar route then a mapping or GPS system will come in very handy in case you get lost. If the route will be over a few days, then a battery pack for your mobile phone will help in case of emergencies.

Taking part in a challenging walk can be exhilarating and rewarding, but don’t forget to take adequate rest during the training period. Do not push yourself beyond your limit and most of all, enjoy the experience!


 

Top Walking Challenges in the UK

We have picked out the best walking challenges taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Walking Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Spend a weekend out in the Yorkshire countryside in September. Scaling 3 peaks in two days this is a difficult but very rewarding event. With some fantastic scenery including the limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations.

Find out more about the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challange

 


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