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# How many miles should you walk in a day for good health?

Updated: 9/7/2023

Wiki User

11y ago

Depending on terrain, fitness level, and carrying weight (if wearing a backpack), most people walk between 2-3.5 miles an hour. However most people need to take breaks at some point for food, water, to relieve themselves, etc.

Assuming a person spends most of the daylight walking, a fit hiker can easily walk 20 miles a day. A very fit and disciplined hiker (such as a thru-hiker) can walk more than 30 miles a day.

If you include hiking at nighttime as well, hikers have been known to hike as much as 60 miles in a day! I have personally hiked about 40 miles in a 24-hour period.

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9y ago

Wiki User

13y ago

It depends on the person or the abilities e.g a champion could cope with the length of 116 miles a day weather as an fit person if lucky 56 miles but an average person like a child, teenager would - if lucky - possibly manege 6 miles it depends on the age, strenth, and rout.

Wiki User

13y ago

First, let's assume average life expectancy of 67 and a walking start age of 1. That gives us 66 years of walking. The rest depends on lifestyle.

An average American may walk 700-2,500 steps per day. (That's pretty sedentary by global standards). Let's take the average at 1,600.

One step = 2.5 feet (average)

One mile = 5280 feet

One mile = 2112 steps

One year = 365.25 days

Relaxed pace per mile = 20 minutes

(1,600 steps per day) x (2.5 feet per step) = 4,000 feet per day

(4,000 feet per day) / (5280 feet per mile) = 0.76 miles per day

(0.76 miles per day) x (20 min per mile) = 15 minutes per day

(4,000 feet per day) x (365.25 days per year) = 1,461,000 feet per year

(1,461,000 feet per year) / (5280 feet per mile) = 276.7 miles per year

(276.7 miles per year) x (20 min per mile) = 3 days, 20 hours, 14 minutes

(1,461,000 feet per year) x (66 years per life) = 96,426,000 feet per lifetime

(96,426,000 feet per lifetime) / (5280 feet per mile) = 18,262.5 miles per lifetime

(18,262.5 miles per life) x (20 min per mile) = 253 days, 15 hours, 30 minutes

Wiki User

10y ago

On average a human can walk approx 1 mile in 20 minutes, so that's 3 miles per hour, if set aside 10 hours for travel, then 30 miles a day

Wiki User

14y ago

You should walk 10,000 steps per day at least.

Wiki User

11y ago

if you are just starting around 1.5 to 2 but you should really be walking at least 2 with healthy eating

Wiki User

11y ago

You should walk 10 thousand steps or approximately 5 miles per day. Can be done over the course of the entire day. Purchase a pedometer and wear it all day.

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