How Long Does it Take to Walk a Mile?

Adults walk about 3-4 miles per hour. This means that a mile may be completed in around 15 minutes. There are people who are faster than others however speed can be affected by gender , the age of the person as well as their fitness level.

Can you calculate walking speed?

When you’re planning a journey or day out, or preparing for a sponsored walk or marathon, you may want to determine how long you’ll need to take to walk one mile. Individual health conditions can affect the amount of time required to walk one mile (and other variables like age, gender and pace) should also be taken into consideration in the planning process.

The speed at which you walk is based on your age.

We don’t mean the amazing fact that it takes 3 hours to walk two blocks in the same space with the toddler (so many fascinating cracks in walls to look at!)

You might be surprised when you learn that people in the 20s tend to walk slower than their older, thirty-something or forty-something peers. This is the truth. Once we reach our fifties, our walking speed slows and then increases.

A 75-year old would have to walk one mile at 2.1mph in just 28 minutes and 34 seconds. A person aged 23 can walk at 3mph in just 20 minutes.

Speed of walking based on gender

In all age categories, men walk faster than women. They may have bigger legs. are also more likely to delay something.

Walking speed by pace

When calculating how far it takes to walk a mile there’s another aspect to consider whether you’re going to be walking, strolling or just cruising down the street. If you’re enjoying the country air, you will slow down your pace than if are worried about running into the train.

Here are some figures for different walking paces:

Fast 100-119 steps per hour or 11 minutes per mile

Normal: 80 to 99 steps per minute / 15 minutes per mile

Relaxed 60-79 steps per minute/20 minutes per mile

Look over the miles chart below to get an idea of how long it would be to walk a certain number of miles at a relaxed regular, fast or normal pace.

The final line in our chart above gives us an answer to the following question “How long would it take the Proclaimers to travel 500 miles”. It takes the Proclaimers about 125 hours (7500 minutes) to walk 500 miles at a normal pace.

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