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@nyadrn - I figured I was average, until a college buddy said that in walking ~ 1 miles around his neighborhood (flat), he got out of breath quickly, and had to sit down. So I guess I'm above average for 65!

 

It's always such a pain having to get back into the grove, after an injury or medical procedure!


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ASTRAEA wrote:

I walk an 18 minute mile, without getting out of breath; that's about 3.3 mph. But I also walk hills, which makes it a little more strenuous (and good exercise). If I were walking on the boardwalk, I'd be doing 3.5 mph+.

 

Shouldn't tests like these also incorporate stamina? How fast you walk from one end of your house to another, isn't the same as whether you can walk 2+ miles, or how fast you could do that.


@ASTRAEA  Probably they should  That or give the base line measurement of difficulty.  All of these articles contain lots of variables  I wonder what the average would be for everyone over say 65?

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good for you.  I have to rebuild my stamina and strength after my opps this year. 

 

 

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I walk an 18 minute mile, without getting out of breath; that's about 3.3 mph. But I also walk hills, which makes it a little more strenuous (and good exercise). If I were walking on the boardwalk, I'd be doing 3.5 mph+.

 

Shouldn't tests like these also incorporate stamina? How fast you walk from one end of your house to another, isn't the same as whether you can walk 2+ miles, or how fast you could do that.


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Hello walkers,

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There are very inexpensive ones or expensive ones. Mine is called a Digi-walker. I think it might have been around 20 - 30. Very simple to set.

Hope this is helpful to you walkers out there. Start with a goal of 1000 steps, there is no such thing as to little or to much. Do what feels good to YOU

Liz


Hi Liz. Thank you for your comments!   I use a Fitbit for the same reason that you do and keep track of my steps.   Congratulations on continuing to get your regular exercise!

 

 

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Hello walkers,

I have a fun solution to walking. I have a step counter I wear everyday all day from waking to going to bed. It records every step I take. There is an old saying from the Chinese that says 10,000 steps a day keeps you healthy. When I was a nanny about 15 years ago I got 10,000 very often, now I am 65 and my average is between 6000 & 7000. I have gotten 10,000 a few times.

Every morning I write the number on my day planner and I can look back each week and see my average. It keeps me motivated to walk more so I can reach the 10,000 and just to see how much I walk each week.

There are very inexpensive ones or expensive ones. Mine is called a Digi-walker. I think it might have been around 20 - 30. Very simple to set.

Hope this is helpful to you walkers out there. Start with a goal of 1000 steps, there is no such thing as to little or to much. Do what feels good to YOU

Liz

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I have walked all of my life and I don't think I am going to bother discussing this with my doctor.  I keep walking because I like it and I want to be able to get around and see things on my travels. I am going to NYC in Dec and I want to get out and see the sites!!

 

The easiest way to see how you are doing is to get out there and walk and see how you do.  How far can you go and how long does it take you.  

 

The other main factor is desire.  Someone told me a long time ago that what you are doing every day is what you want to do (barring limitations of course). If you are not walking and you have no reason that you cannot, then you do not want to.  Only you can get yourself motivated and going!

 

 

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How Fast You Walk As You Age May Predict Lifespan

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How Fast You Walk As You Age May Predict Your Lifespan
Natural Gait Speed Test Indicates Your Remaining Years

 

By Wendy Bumgardner | Reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD
Updated September 26, 2017


Are you proud that you can keep up with your grandkids when walking? If so, that's a good indication that you have many years still ahead of you. Studies show that past age 65, your walking speed at your natural pace is a surprisingly reliable predictor of survival. Measuring gait speed over a short distance, such as across a room (13 feet or 4 meters) is a useful tool for doctors to set appropriate treatment and care goals for aging individuals.

https://www.verywell.com/how-fast-you-walk-may-predict-your-lifespan-4150312

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