In the 1800s, one of the most popular sports in the world was distance walking which attracted huge crowds and gambling. Thousands of spectators would turn up to watch challenges such as walking 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours.
In Middle ages people walked in different fashion than we do now. So-called toe-heel walking used to be absolutely natural. In about 1500s, the way of walk changed as did the foot wear.
Our walking speed is affected by whom we’re with. On average, women walking together move the slowest, men slow down 7% when walking with female partners they’re interested in, and men walking with male friends move at speeds faster than either man’s preferred walking speed.
Scientists found that whether blind-folded or not, people who were asked to walk in a straight line without a point of reference to follow will walk in a circle. They can’t seem to figure out why.
Liverpool is the first city to open a fast-walking lane in response to residents complaining about chatters, pavement hoggers, and phone-watchers in the shopping area of St John Street.
In 2014, a Stanford study found that walking boosts creative inspiration. The study examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person’s creative output increased on average 60% when walking – regardless of how they walked (eg, outside or on a treadmill).
Our walking speed is affected by whom we’re with: men’s pace slows down by an average of 7% when walking with female partners they’re interested in; women walking together move the slowest; and men walking with male friends moved at speeds faster than either man’s preferred walking speed.
The average person will walk approximately the distance of 3 times around the planet in their lifetime.
L = Sd x D / C
L = (7500 steps) (0.672 m) x (71 years x 365 days) / 40 075 000 m
L = 3.26 laps
An average person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator during their lifetime.