What is the ideal daily walking distance?
The ideal daily walking distance can vary depending on an individual's fitness level and overall health. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as running, per week. This can be broken down into at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most days of the week.
To translate this into distance, a moderate-intensity walk is typically described as a pace that allows you to talk, but not sing, while doing the activity. A brisk walk is about 3 to 4 miles per hour, and a typical 30 minutes of brisk walking would cover about 2.5 miles. However, this distance can vary depending on the individual's walking pace, terrain, and overall fitness level.
It's important to note that starting with shorter walking distance if you are not used to it, and gradually increasing the distance over time as your fitness level improves can be beneficial to prevent injuries and other issues. Also, if you have any health conditions or have been inactive for a long time, check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.