What Does “Brisk Walking” Mean?

Posted 12/06/2013 | By HealthCorps

When someone uses the term “brisk walking,” what exactly do they mean?

A healthy adult will typically choose a pace of walking which clocks in at about 2.8 miles per hour.  That pace may be partially guided by the rate that your metabolism uses to start accessing fat in your body for fuel, as you move.  A brisk walk is a relative term, since “brisk” for some, is either slow or quite speedy for others, depending on levels of fitness.

One measure to quantify brisk walking is “steps per minute,” and 100 steps per minute is considered moderate intensity or brisk walking.  Fitness experts typically suggest a pace of 3.5 miles/hour on a treadmill to correlate to brisk walking, for an average person who does not exercise regularly.

If you wear a weighted vest while walking, will you burn more calories?

If you are able to keep the same pace as before, when adding a weighted vest, then you will typically burn more calories, until you become accustomed to the extra weight load.  Once used to the extra pounds, you would then have to also increase your pace of walking to keep burning extra calories.

A weighted vest can help someone who has some physical limitations that prevent them from consistently increasing their walking pace.  By adding extra weight in that example, the person would nudge some extra calorie burn.

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