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.