Average Speed Of Human Walking, Jogging & Running

By Patricia | October 18, 2010
Normal Walking Speed

The normal walking speed of a human varies depending on different factors. The length of one’s stride, walking surface, physical condition, age, and sex all determine normal walking speed. You should remember that the normal walking speed for you will be affected by your own personal characteristics. However, there are some guidelines you could follow that will give you an idea of the average human walking pace.

The average speed at which women walk at is 3 miles per hour. On a flat surface, this would come up to 20 minutes per mile for an average woman. Walking at this pace, an average woman will be able to make conversation quite easily, but the breathing will be a little heavier than when strolling. The average walking speed for a man is at 3.5 miles per hour. This is because of longer legs and lengthier strides. Men also possess more muscle mass, which helps increase speed, as the muscles do the work in moving the body. If you want to increase the speed of your walking, you should do it gradually. You could try finishing your normal walking route 1 minute faster for one week. Then, maybe a minute more for the next week till you’re walking at around 3.5 to 4.5 miles per hour.

Average Speed Walker And Normal Jogging Speed

The average speed walker goes at a pace of 4.5 to 5.5 miles per hour. These speeds are similar to the normal jogging speed of humans. However, walking doesn’t have as much impact as jogging and puts less pressure on the joints. When you perform jogging on a treadmill, the normal jogging speed is 4 miles per hour. Jogging on a treadmill is less stressful on the joints, but you can burn more calories jogging outside and in a quicker time.

The normal running speed varies a lot with sex, age and the level of fitness. However the average running speed is considered to be around 12 to 15 miles per hour. The speed of an average man will be faster than that of women as they have longer legs. Women’s breasts can also be an impediment to the normal running speed. The normal running speed for a child will obviously be much slower because of a smaller lung capacity and shorter legs. If you want to find out your normal walking speed, there are digital pedometers that will give you the speed. You could also use a treadmill that has the feature to calculate speed.

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