Walking Long Distances
Walking Long Distances

How far can a person walk in a day?

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With more and more ways to travel around, walking is often underappreciated. How far do you think a person can walk in a day? I’m sure you will be disappointed with the answer. 

While an average person can walk at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour, how far you can walk is the real challenge. 

An average person takes 3000 to 4000 steps every day. While easily managing a two-hour walk, usually with no bad effects. Even if you have not trained, people can usually do a 4-5 mile walk easily.

In reality, an average untrained person encounters difficulties walking for long, long distances. With walking shoes, you may be able to walk 5-6 miles comfortably but may become uncomfortable when asked to do it in long distances. An average untrained person usually develops sore legs, sore feet, or even blisters when walking long distances, making the walks extremely painful and impossible to complete. 

The real answer to how far a person can walk in a day is dependent on the person. Things like walking shoes, experience, and fitness level make a big difference so that every person will vary differently.

How far can trained walkers walk in a day?

People who are into fitness and regularly do distance walking can generally walk 5-6 miles easily three to four days a week.  Trained walkers who are more serious and like participating in marathons can usually finish a 26-mile walker marathon in around seven hours. This is, of course, without any breaks. If trained properly for three to 6 months, an average person can cover over 30 miles a day.

How to build your walking distance

Walking for exercise is a great way to get healthy while building stamina. Like other things in life, to improve walking longer distances requires patience. You should build your walking distance up steadily over a long period. 

Start walking for exercise.

Most fitness experts recommend walking for 30 minutes a day for 4 to 5 days a week. It is important to start slow, as it helps trains your legs and feet. Starting slow is also important as it will test out your walking shoes, avoiding blisters or injuries.

Use an app

Once you develop a walking habit, it is essential to track your distance and speed using an app or meter. This helps you be precise with calculations and will keep track of your time and distance.

Record baseline

By using an app or meter to track your walks, you will find out where you stand. This will help in increasing walking distance, as you can plan your training according to your baseline. Every person is built differently and has different lifestyles. Therefore, you must pick a starting point you are comfortable with.

Increase walking distance 

After a few months of regular walking, you can start working on increasing walking distance. Fitness experts suggest following a routine of 3 months of regular walking before they start increasing distance. Going from walking 0 miles to walking for 4 hours straight will lead to nothing but injury.  A basic schedule to follow to increase your walking distance is to walk a few days every week and then increase that total distance by a mile or two every week.

Tips when going on long walks

Whether it be planned or unplanned, walking can be uncomfortable if the right steps are not taken. Pun intended!

Blisters and Chafing 

Blisters usually form in places inside your shoes on the heels, toes, or even the ball of the foot. To avoid this, it is important to wear comfortable shoes that are meant for walking or running. Over time, the skin on your feet toughens as you steadily build your walking time.

Chafing is caused in places where your skin might rub onto something.  Using a moisturizer or a lubricant can help stop chafing. 

Dress for the occasion

It is important to prepare before going on any long walks. First, you should pick a moisture-wicking polyester as an inner layer. Then depending on the temperature and weather, you should pick an insulating layer. Lastly, the outer layer of your outfit should be windproof.

This outfit will get you through most walks. You will be able to take off or add layers depending on your preferences. Everyone’s body reacts differently to clothing, so cotton might cause chafing for you while it may not work for someone else. 

Extra accessories on you

A briefcase or bag is quite uncomfortable to walk with, additionally upsetting your posture after a few minutes. Buying a backpack that allows you to carry stuff around securely and comfortably is important. It is recommended to buy a backpack with a waist belt, as this allows the load to be distributed better at your center of gravity.

Food and hydration

It is important that you are hydrated well before you do any sort of walking. Start by having a bottle of water 90 minutes before your walk. Followed by a cup of water every 30 minutes you walk for. Lastly, end your walk off with a tall glass of water.

Safety

Always know where you are going for a walk and map out the pathway beforehand. Especially if you plan on walking in the dark. Furthermore, wear light-colored clothing or reflective clothing so people can see you better. 

Conclusion 

How far a person can walk can never truly be answered, as it varies in each individual. But one thing is certain, with training and practice, the sky’s the limit with how far you can go.

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