Walk On

April 1, 2014, Department, by Samantha Bartram

Statistics from America Walks show the state of walking for exercise in America today.Walking remains the most popular exercise modality for thousands of Americans, yet many of our neighborhoods aren’t exactly walking-friendly. America Walks, an organization that advocates for safe, accessible and convenient ways for people to take advantage of all the benefits of walking, recently examined the state of walking in our country. Scrutinizing prevalence, health, injuries and cost, the nonprofit identified some remarkable statistics, the highlights of which we share with you below.

41: Percentage of trips in the United States that are one mile or less in distance.

10: Percent of those trips that are taken by walking or biking, versus by car.

13: Percentage of children who report walking to school today.

66: Percentage of children who reported walking to school in 1970.

3.5: The approximate speed in miles per hour that classifies as “brisk walking.” Engaging in the recommended amount of this physical activity has been shown to reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, increase high-density lipoprotein and reduce risks of bone fracture.

21–34: Percentage of U.S. adults who meet public health recommendations for physical activity by walking (five times per week for at least 30 minutes).

60: Percentage of pedestrian deaths that occurred in areas where no crosswalk is available.

10,000: Number of steps per day — equating to about five miles — that America Walks and the Walking Site recommend to increase a person’s health and wellness through walking.

2,000: Average number of steps a person takes per mile.