For how long do you walk in a week?

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  • Armoured_Bear 6 May 2013 07:40:18 20,467 posts
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    Quarter of adults walk just an hour a week

    It's another shitty BBC poll but I guess that to manage to walk less that an hour a week you have to drive absolutely everywhere.
    My average is probably 8 hours without doing anything special, if I'm visiting somewhere or hiking then it'll be loads more
  • ZuluHero 6 May 2013 07:45:48 5,883 posts
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    15 mins door to door to work, but could do it in 10 when I rush. Twice a day, 5 times a week, though often will pop home for lunch or go for a walk in town or the park, just to get out of the office for a bit. Then I have an active 5 year old to look after on weekends.

    I'd err on the side of caution and say I do 5 or 6 hours a week.
  • THFourteen 6 May 2013 07:48:31 46,236 posts
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    20mins a day in 5min chunks.
  • Rusta 6 May 2013 07:49:07 164 posts
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    I used to walk an hour a day (3 miles) for a year and I didn't notice any benefit.
  • CharlieStCloud 6 May 2013 07:50:30 5,812 posts
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    My place to work is exactly seven miles away so, sometimes I leave as early as possible to walk there, other times I bike.

    ... never, ever drive to work and if push comes to shove, I hop onto a bus.

    I really don't get the 'drive everywhere' mentality this country has.

    Just like Mr. Armoured Bear, probably eight hours a week without thinking about it.
  • Deleted user 6 May 2013 07:55:25
    Our driving mentality isn't too bad. You should see America. Most places don't even bother with pavements.

    I probably walk for at least an hour a day, but I also cycle to work and back which is about a 16 mile round trip.
  • THFourteen 6 May 2013 07:58:31 46,236 posts
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    I'd love to cycle to work, but I'm a bit cack handed so I'm too afraid to cycle in central London. Would kill myself.

    Edited by THFourteen at 07:58:45 06-05-2013
  • CharlieStCloud 6 May 2013 08:10:00 5,812 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Our driving mentality isn't too bad. You should see America. Most places don't even bother with pavements.
    This is a true story.

    I was sat outside a café along a boulevard in San Francisco and saw a car pull up near the shops.

    The lady got out and did what she had to do in the shop she walked in. A little while later, I saw her reappear and got back into her car. This lady pulled out, drove about maybe ... 40-50 metres down the road, parked her car and went into the nearby shop.

    I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
  • heyyo 6 May 2013 08:11:41 14,356 posts
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    An hour a week? Why doesn't walking inside home count?

    2x10 minutes to the station, 2x10 changing trains (inc. walking up escalators), 2x5 from station to work, 10-15 at lunch, 5 in work itself. Proobably another 10-15 mins at home.

    Over an hour a day of brisk walking, with an hour round walking trip to Asda every 3 days.

    Edited by heyyo at 08:13:13 06-05-2013
  • Rusty_M 6 May 2013 08:23:49 6,700 posts
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    It's probably over an hour a week but only just. If I took the train to work, I'd walk more as the station is about a mile away. However, it takes 90 minutes per day longer than driving and costs more.

    I wish I could still walk or cycle to work.
  • PazJohnMitch 6 May 2013 08:38:51 12,992 posts
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    On a normal working week I walk 15 minutes each way to and from the train station. (1600 steps each way according to the 3DS).

    If I leave that thing in my pocket all day it usually clocks 6000 steps. Went for a 2 hour walk earlier today though.
  • Deleted user 6 May 2013 08:43:18
    I walk on average about 1.5 hours a day. But that is with getting the bus to work. If I don't (because it's sunny for example) I would add on another hour and a half on top of that.
  • smoothpete 6 May 2013 08:46:12 34,269 posts
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    Between 9 and 10 hours per week I think
  • spytech 6 May 2013 08:48:32 8 posts
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    Approximately ten to eleven hours a week
  • heyyo 6 May 2013 10:01:11 14,356 posts
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    Consume 500 fewer calories a day, you'll see change then.
  • smoothpete 6 May 2013 10:05:06 34,269 posts
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    I love walking, me.
  • cubbymoore 6 May 2013 10:14:47 36,620 posts
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    My work involves lots of walking, and some lifting, I'm mostly on my feet for the whole day, so including walking to work and accounting for lunch and times where I'm at my computer I'd say I clock up at least 6 hours a day on average, if I'm being conservative. And then there's going for walks for leisure.

    It's partly why I don't want to drive. So many people I know who get a car kind of get into the mentality that their walking days are over as soon as they do.
  • smoothpete 6 May 2013 10:19:50 34,269 posts
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    Cars are obviously very useful for long distances. But people get so complacent in terms of short distances. Like, it's about a 15 minute walk to the supermarket from my house. I would say 99% of people would drive that instead.
  • Salaman 6 May 2013 10:39:53 22,826 posts
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    I fucking hate walking. So yeah ... I doubt I get to an hour a week.
    Now that weather is nice I'd cycle more often. But some cunt stole my week old bike last Tuesday.
  • Deleted user 6 May 2013 12:01:30
    Yeah I noticed zero difference from walking 5 miles a day, five days a week for a year and a half. Obviously didn't expect that to be enough to get off with eating bad but I at least expected to feel a bit healthier with better stamina. I didn't at all. Now get the bus everywhere, saving time and it is much better when carrying pile of work with me.
  • mrpon 6 May 2013 12:05:39 33,721 posts
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    You're not supposed to eat donuts whilst you're walking mow.
  • Deleted user 6 May 2013 12:09:14
    Quiet you!
  • Retroid Moderator 6 May 2013 12:13:43 45,444 posts
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  • Khanivor 6 May 2013 12:21:28 43,369 posts
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    Between six to 10 hours a day while working. As little as possible when not.
  • bladdard 6 May 2013 12:25:31 1,249 posts
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    I do about 1 hour a day weekdays and 4-10 hours at the weekend all out dog walking.

    When I was in Australia stoping in a hotel on the outskirts of Cairns, about 2 miles out. I asked at the hotel reception if for directions to cairns. The lady recrptionist assumed I was driving, I explained I wanted to walk but she said no you mustn't. I asked if it was dangerous and she said she didn't think so but didn't think walking was a good idea. Being a Brit I set off and soon realised why, there were no footpaths or crossings and the whole journey was pedestrian unfriendly.
  • Retroid Moderator 6 May 2013 12:30:27 45,444 posts
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    I seem to average 5-12 hours a week.

    As for anyone who hasn't seen any benefit from walking, you have to be careful with diet too; it's a bloody effective combination.
  • Lukus 6 May 2013 12:51:30 20,864 posts
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    Yeah, there'll be a benefit, even if you're oblivious to it. Admittedly the benefit might be constrained to simply 'being better at walking', but still, that's better than being shit at walking.

    I love waking for leisure at my own pace. For practical stuff like going to the shops I can fall into laziness too easily.
  • ronuds 6 May 2013 13:16:13 21,781 posts
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    Considering this...

    Your weight and the distance you walk determine the energy calories burned while walking. Walking speed matters less than distance and weight. A rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile for a 180-pound person and 65 for a 120-pound person.'s no great surprise that people aren't seeing any benefits from walking. You really need to do more or walk a LOT if you're looking to lose weight.

    I probably walk 7 hours a week.
  • Cappy 6 May 2013 13:33:12 13,624 posts
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    I've tended to favour cycling for the last five years, but having to walk a bit more than usual recently it's been a bit painful, it's almost as if tendons have shortened. The pain has eased off as I've become acclimatised again but I have nowhere near the amount of stamina I used have when it came to walking, it seems cycling wasn't exercising all the muscles walking would have done.
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