How long will it take to walk a mile?

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11 November 2021

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Adults usually walk 3-4 miles per hour. This means that a mile can be completed in just 15 minutes. There will be people who are more efficient than others however speed can be determined by gender and age as well as fitness level.

How do you determine the walking speed?

If you are planning a trip, a day out or are training for a marathon , or even a sponsored walk, it's important to estimate how many minutes it takes you to walk one mile. While individual health can have an effect on the amount of time it takes to walk a mile (and other variables like gender, age, and pace) must be considered in the planning process.

Walking speed by age

It's not an extraordinary event that takes three hours to walk two blocks with children. There are plenty of interesting cracks and walls to be discovered!

Are you surprised to learn that active twenty-somethings walk at a slower speed when contrasted with their older counterparts in the 30s and forty-somethings? This is the truth. Then, once we reach the age of 50, our walking speed is reduced.

So at just that would take an average 75-year-old about half an hour to walk a mile (28 minutes and 34 seconds) A 23-year-old is more likely to walk at a speed of 3mph, taking only 20 minutes to walk one mile.

Walking speed varies by gender

All ages are quicker for males than females. They may have longer legs. Perhaps they're more likely to run late for reasons...

Tempo of walking based on pace

There's another factor to consider when calculating how long it will take to walk one mile: Are you taking a stroll, walking or strolling along the road? When you are enjoying country air, you will slow down your pace than if fear running into the train.

Here are some figures to help you understand different paces of walking:

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

Normal - between 80 and 99 steps per hour/15 minutes for each mile

Relaxed 60-79 steps per hour/ 20 minutes each mile

The miles chart below will give you an idea of the time it would be to walk a specific number of miles at a normal, relaxed or speedy pace.

The Proclaimers must walk 500 miles in the time it takes. That's the final section of the chart. The answer is the equivalent of 125 hours (7500 minutes) when walking at a regular pace.