How long does it take to Walk a Mile?

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11 November 2021

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Most adults walk at speeds of 3 to 4 miles per hour, which means that a mile can be walked in around 15 to 20 minutes. There are many people who are more or less fast than this. Your speed for walking could be affected by age and gender, your fitness level and gender.

Is it possible to calculate your speed at which you walk?

If you're contemplating a trip, day out or training for a marathon or sponsored walk, you should be able to calculate how long it will take you to walk one mile. The health of your individual will certainly be a factor in how long it takes to walk a mile however more general factors like age, gender and speed can be taken into account in your plans.

The speed of walking varies based on age

We don't mean the amazing nature of being able to walk two blocks with a toddler in just three hours (so many cracks in walls to see!)

Were you surprised to find out that active twenty-somethings walk with a slower pace contrasted with their older peers who are thirtysomethings and forty-somethings? This is true. Once we reach our fifties, the speed of walking decreases again.

With a speed of just 2.1mph this would require an average of 75 years an hour to walk a mile (28 minutes and 34 seconds) A 23-year-old is expected to walk at a speed of 3mph, which would take just 20 minutes to walk one mile.

Walking speed that is gender-specific

All ages are faster for men than women. might have larger legs. They might be more likely than other people to be late for something.

Tempo of walking based on pace

When you're calculating the distance it takes to walk for a mile there is another factor to consider whether you're going to be walking, strolling or just cruising along the street. If you're taking in the country air, you will be slower to walk than if you worry about being late for the train.

Here are some figures to help you choose the most appropriate pace:

Fast: 100-119 steps per minute/11 minutes/mile

Normal 100-99 steps per minute/15 minutes per mile

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

You can see the mile chart below to get an estimate of the time it will take to cover a distance walking at a normal fast or relaxed pace.

The final entry of our chart gives us an answer to the question "How many hours would the Proclaimers travel 500 miles?" It takes the Proclaimers around 125 hours (7500 minutes) to cover 500 miles at a normal pace.