What is the average walking speed?

In this article, we’ll be discussing the common activity of walking. If you’ve ever wondered if your walking pace is ‘normal’, why some people walk SO much faster than you or if you just want to improve your walking time - you’ve come to the right place!

How can I measure my walking time?

The time it takes you to walk a certain distance depends on your walking pace, the average person takes around 15-20 minutes to walk a mile. There are many factors that contribute to somebody’s walking pace - gender, height, age, and fitness level is just a few examples. In this day and age measuring most things has become a lot easier, especially when it comes to exercise. Many people use fitness watches or apps to track their daily activities, fitness watches can be quite expensive, so if you have access to a phone downloading an app is the way to go!

Average walking speed for beginners

A speed of 3 miles per hour is typical for most people who don’t walk every single day, but as mentioned above, there are many factors that contribute to walking speed. Younger people will find walking a lot easier than older people, the same as those with longer legs will find it easier than those with shorter legs. If you want to know the average speed for your gender and age group, pop over to google to get a rough idea.

Average walking speed for intermediate walkers

As you start to make walking part of your daily routine, it will become easier and you will be able to walk faster- this is called brisk walking which is a moderate-intensity exercise. The average walking speed for those who walk regularly is around 4 miles per hour. If you want to improve, incorporating interval training into your walking routine will improve your speed!

Average walking speed for advanced walkers

Speed walking- the fastest walk of them all! Walker Bosworth completed the one-mile walk in 5 minutes and 31 seconds. I know what you’re thinking, how can someone walk that fast!? As with any other exercise improving takes time and practice, incorporate interval training into your routine- you’ll be surprised how quickly your speed changes. Start off small, don’t set a goal to beat the world record- that takes a lot of practice! A good pace for advanced walkers is between 4/5 miles per hour. Push yourself, but not too hard, remember exercise is supposed to be enjoyable!


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