So just what is a ‘brisk walking pace’ for dog, man

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The Betterhalf has always been a student of exercise and rarely misses at least one daily walk despite Nebraska weather. Generally our dogs accompany her jaunts, but sometimes she does let me tag along.
In addition to her own daily walks, she also regularly assists me with my own dog-walking chores at the animal shelter. Thus, I could say because of all her walking she is my mentor when it comes to walking for one’s health.
We have had several debates on walking. One of the major subjects of our discussion is, “How fast to walk for health” and just how fast is “brisk.”
Her walking style is faster than mine. Of course her faster walking style doesn’t surprise me because she was a pretty fast gal when I was dating her and was pretty lucky to even catch her.
The Betterhalf has recited a new study of walking speed and health that concluded a brisk walk seems to be about 100 steps per minute (around 3 mph). After taking a closer look I mentioned that if you are older than 60, ideal steps among older people in the study were inconsistent. I also pointed out that my dog walking was impossible at a constant pace because it was a matter of how many trees attracted the canines along our walking path.
I also countered the study concluding 100 steps per minute as brisk. It seems to me that people with shorter legs at a more brisk pace would possibly cover even a shorter distance than long-legged walkers in the study. The shorter Betterhalf immediately shot down my reasoning because I managed to consistently trail her when just the two of us were walking without dogs. It really was a slam when she emphasized the many times she had a leashed dog and I was minus a canine . . . and she stopped and waited for me.
I have now come to believe I am on the cusp where I must determine whether I’m trying to walk for health, or for pleasure . . . and maybe just walk by myself.
In Italy, for 30 years under Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace -- and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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