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25 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Walking | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. Brisk walking helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and increase high-density lipoprotein.
  2. Humans became bipedal three to six million years ago. Scientists believe that humans started walking on two legs to better carry goods and to use energy more efficiently.
  3. The human backbone was not designed to work in the vertical position of walking on two legs. That is why modern humans suffer from sore backs, slipped discs, arthritis, and more.
  4. Fire walking, or the act of walking over hot stones or coal with bare feet, is a religious ceremony practiced in several parts of the world, including the Indian subcontinent, China, Fiji Islands, and New Zealand. It was also practiced in ancient Greece and India.
  5. Most babies begin to walk around 13 months , the general range being 10 to 15 months.
  6. The longest uninterrupted circumnavigation on foot around the world was completed by a former neon-sign salesman, Canadian Jean Beliveau. He started it when he was 45. He burned through 54 pairs of shoes and somehow managed to maintain his relationship with his wife, Luce, who stayed at home. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years. He averaged 20 miles per day.
  7. Experts suggest walking minimum 6,000 steps a day (About 3 miles) to improve health and 10,000 steps a day to lose weight.
  8. The average human walking speed is about 3.1 miles per hour, or 5.0 kilometers per hour.
  9. As per study , the average Japanese takes 7000 steps per day, the average Australian takes 9500 steps per day while the average American takes just 5000 steps per day , the the least of any industrialized nation.
  10. The most popular form of exercise in the United States is walking.
  11. However Americans use walking as their mode of transportation in less than 6% of their trips.
  12. A study found that in 1970, 66% of children walked to school. Today, only 13% walk.
  13. On an average 6000 steps ( About 3 miles) of walking , taking one hour would burn about 300 calories for 150 pound body weight (About 71 kg) i.e. 2 calories per Pound of body weight.
  14. Amazingly running or jogging a mile burns essentially the same amount of calories as walking a mile. Running or jogging just gets a person to a destination faster.
  15. Walking can help decrease the risk of heart attack, decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Brisk walking can reduce stress and depression levels as well as improve cancer survival rates.
  16. Mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were almost twice as much as those who walked more than 2 miles per day.
  17. Walking helps prevent osteoporosis reducing the chances of bone fracture. Research showed that postmenopausal women who walk around one mile per day each day have higher whole-body bone density than women who walk less.
  18. Walking reduces the risk of both breast and colon cancer.
  19. Given that the world is about 25,000 miles in circumference and that the average walking rate is 3 miles per hour, it would take a person walking nonstop approximately 350 days to walk around the world.
  20. It would take about 225 million years to walk one light-year at the average pace of 3 miles per hour. One light-year is about 5.9 trillion miles.
  21. Experts advise that when shopping for walking shoes, you should always buy shoes that feel comfortable right away. There is no “breaking-in period. Feet also swell during the day, so it is important to get fitted for walking shoes at the end of the day when feet are their largest.
  22. A typical pair of tennis shoes will last 500 miles of walking.
  23. A person is 36 more times likely to be killed walking than by driving a car. A person is 300 times more likely to be killed walking than by flying in an airplane.
  24. The best way to lose weight by walking is to take a longer, moderately paced walk .Shorter, faster walks are best for conditioning the heart and lungs.
  25. Sleepwalking is called somnambulism (Latin somnus “sleep” + ambulare “to walk”). About 18% of the world suffers from it at sometime in their life.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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