Today, some numbers about walking

On average, every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes.

Recommended dosage is 30 minutes a day, five days a week, but children should double that to 60 minutes a day, seven days a week.

About 15 minutes of walking = 1 mile.

About 1 mile of walking = 2000 – 2500 steps depending on height and stride length.

10,000 steps of walking = about 5 miles.

Walking burns about 50 -100 calories per mile depending on weight and speed.

An average city block is about 200 steps.

If you Walk 2000 More Steps a Day – you will never gain another pound.

Walking 20 extra minutes daily will on average burn off 7 pounds of body fat per year.

Walking burns off around 5 to 8 percent of protein, 70 percent of carbohydrates and 15 percent of fat.

Longer, moderately-paced daily walks (40 minutes at 60% to 65% maximum heart rate) are best for losing weight.

Shorter, faster walks (20-25 minutes at 75% to 85% maximum heart rate) are best for conditioning your heart and lungs.

Just 30 minutes of walking, five times a week is enough to improve your overall health from decreasing the symptoms of diabetes and depression to increasing bone density to preventing cancer.

30 minutes a day — can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%.

Women who briskly walked from one hour and 15 minutes to 2.5 hours per week had an 18% decreased risk of breast cancer compared with inactive women.

10 miles a week =150 minutes a week =  30 minutes x 5 days = can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by nearly 60 percent.

Walking for 30 minutes, 3 – 5 times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression by 47%.

Researchers have found that women who walked at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function than women who walked less than 40 minutes a week.

A typical pair of tennis shoes will last 500 miles of walking.

Walking costs $0 and requires no special equipment, training or gym or club memberships.

A 2000 study reported that walking regularly (three times or more a week for half an hour or more) saves $330 a year in health care costs.

This would save Americans more than $100 billion a year in health care costs, according to the American Public Health Association.

Hmmm… something that costs $0 can save me $330 per year! Those are interesting numbers.

Healthy numbers to pay attention to.

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