March 26, 2018

Walking. A simple action most of us take every day. Yet, the facts are mind-blowing!

#1 Go around the earth 3.5 times

Fact - If you were to take 9000 steps each day, in an average lifetime you’ll go 3.5 times around the Earth.

#2 Go, Hong Kong!

Fact - Hong Kong ranks number one in the world when it comes to taking steps, with the average resident clocking 6,880 steps a day. 

(*Researchers analyzed a dataset covering 717,527 people using the smartphone app Argus, which tracks physical activity, across 111 countries, considering an average time span of 95 days per user. Source:

#3 Sugar rush, no more.

Fact - Walking can curb chocolate cravings. 

Studies conducted by the University of Exeter found that a brief 15-minute walk can curb your chocolate cravings and reduce the amount of sugary snacks you eat in stressful situations.


#4 He walked around the world. Yes, walk.

Fact - The first person to walk around the world was David Kunst (USA) from 20 June 1970 to 5 October 1974, who walked 23,250 km (14,450 miles) through four continents. (*first verified achievement) 


#5 Bye, flu.

Fact - Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season.

Yes, you can literally walk away from flu according to a study on over 1000 men and women. It was founded that those who walked at least 20 minutes per day, 5 days per week has missed work 43% less than those who exercised less.

#6 Walk more, weigh less.

Fact - Walking counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes. 

Researchers at Harvard discovered that the effects of 32 obesity-promoting genes were half reduced when the participants walked briskly for about an hour a day. (The study looked at over 32 obesity-promoting genes in over 12,000 people to determine how much these genes actually contribute to body weight).

#7 Around the world in 347 days

Fact - It would take the average person 347 days to walk around the earth. (Given that the world is about 25,000 miles in circumference and that your average walking rate is 3 miles per hour)

#8 One M&M = 109 Meters

Fact - To burn off the calories of one plain M&M candy, you would need to walk the entire length of a football field (approximately 109 meters).

#9 12 marathons, no sleep!

Fact - Longest walk without sleep was 86 hours.

Kim Allan (47) walked 500 kilometers in 86 hours without a minute of sleep. That is just over 12 marathons. She did this in New Zealand in 2013 in support of this country’s Spinal Trust.

#10 It’s still walking, right?

Fact - Longest distance walked on hands was 5 kilometers

Sarah Chapman walked 5 kilometers on her hands in an 8-hour period at Glastonbury, Somerset, UK in 2002. Another chap Ahswin Kalyandurg according to sources surpassed Chapman’s distance by 100 meters in June 2017. 


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