Regular walking can help improve your general health and fitness but to get the most cardiovascular benefit you have to get you heart pumping.

The Walk Fife team like to have leisurely stroll through the countryside like most people do but sometimes we like to get a bit more out of it by walking at speed.

People are not created equal and as such walking speed depends on an individual’s level of fitness and experience. Uneven terrain and the steepness of the route (uphill and down) also affects overall speed.

So how fast should I walk?

Taking a level and firm pathway as an example some general guidelines have been calculated.

  • An approximate moderate walking pace for a adult person at a good level of fitness would be approximately 15 minutes per mile (4 mph) or 9 minutes per kilometre (6.4 kph).
  • A typically fast walking pace or speed is considered be approximately 12 minutes per mile (5 mph) or 7.5 minutes per kilometre (8 kph).
  • An average walking pace on countryside footpaths is considered to be 20 minutes per mile (3 mph) or 12 minutes per kilometre (5 kph).

Don’t worry if you find that you can not achieve the speeds shown above as these are just a guide for those of us who like to live life governed by stats. Find a walking pace that suits you best, get your heart pumping and most importantly enjoy walking around Fife.

Happy walking!

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