What are the effects of speedwalking compared with just strolling? You may have simply been walking at what felt like a natural pace. But then you go for a walk with a friend who has a faster stride and you realize that you can’t keep up that pace. Do people who walk faster get more benefits from their walks?
What are the real benefits of walking faster if you still just walk the same distance? The National Institutes of Health1 and other experts2 provide a list of walking benefits.
How can you know how fast you are walking? You can use walking and running apps, GPS fitness monitors, or simply walk on a measured course while timing yourself. See how to measure how fast you are walking. You can also use our pace calculator to see how long it will take you to walk various distances.