10 Facts About Walking That We Bet You Didn’t Know


We know that you love to walk or you wouldn’t be here reading this blog, so here’s some fun and interesting facts about out favourite past time.

1.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.

2.Walking sideways burns 78 percent more calories than walking forward. Lateral motion takes extra effort by putting your body to work in unfamiliar ways. You might look a bit like  crab doing it though?!

3.Racewalking has been an official Olympic sport for over 90 years. Distances vary from 1 mile to 95 miles

4.A study carried out at the University of Pittsburgh found that postmenopausal women who had walked regularly for more than a decade, avoided heart disease, falls, hospitalisation and surgeries far more successfully than their inactive peers

5.It would take, on average, 1 hour and 43 minutes of walking to burn off a 540-calorie Big Mac, put the burger down!

6.If you take 9000 steps each day, in a lifetime that is 3.5 trips around the Earth

7.Walking on a rough but level track requires 50% more energy than walking on a paved road

8.Walking around 20-25 miles each week can extend your life by a couple of years compared to people who do not walk

9.The verb ‘to walk’ dates back to Old English and originally meant ‘to roll’ or ‘go back and forth’.

10.At a steady 3mph without stopping, it takes just under a year to walk the length of the equator or just over nine years to walk to the Moon.

Happy walking everybody!