Fun Facts About Walking

  • Walking is by far the most popular form of physical activity in the United States.
     
  • The longest walk around the world was completed by a former neon-sign salesman, Jean Beliveau. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years! (source: randomhistory.com)
     
  • 10,000 steps per day—about 5 miles—is a great way to walk your way to fitness.
     
  • Race walking was a popular spectator sport in the 18th and 19th centuries. Participants, called “pedestrians,” could earn significant prize money for walking  100  miles  in less than 24 hours (earning the title “Centurion”) or walking one mile each hour for 1,000 consecutive hours—a 41-day, 16-hour event! (source: boomerwalk.com)
     
  • Brisk walking has been shown to reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, increase high-density lipoprotein and even reduce risks of bone fracture.
     
  • Brisk walking has also been associated with lower mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
     
  • The United States walks the least of any industrialized nation. The average Australian takes almost double the number of steps a day as the average American. (source: randomhistory.com)
     
  • According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, walking helps you maintain a positive outlook, and can make you look and feel younger.
     
  • Walking increases the blood flow to the brain. A 1999 study of people over 60 found that walking 45 minutes a day at a 16-minute mile pace increased their thinking skills.
     
  • Fire walking, or the act of walking over hot stones or embers with bare feet, is a religious ceremony practiced in several parts of the world, including the Indian subcontinent, China, Fiji Islands, New Zealand. It was also practiced in ancient Greece and India. Fire walking is said to help guarantee a good harvest or purify the participants. (source: randomhistory.com)
     
  • Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. You could lose ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.
     
  • When you take a step, you are using up to 200 muscles.