Stride Rate Recommendations for Moderate-Intensity Walking

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The purpose of the current study was to determine the role of height and stride length in moderate-intensity walking cadence in adults.


Seventy-five adults completed three treadmill walking trials and three overground walking trials at slow, medium, and fast walking speeds while V˙O2 was measured using indirect calorimetry. Five stride length-related variables were also measured.


Mixed model regression analysis demonstrated that height explained as much variability in walking intensity at a given cadence as did two different measures of leg length and two different stride length tests.


The previous general recommendations of 100 steps per minute were supported for use where a simple public health message is needed. Depending on height, moderate-intensity walking cadence can vary by more than 20 steps per minute, from 90 to 113 steps per minute for adults 198 to 152 cm tall, respectively. Height should therefore be taken into consideration for more precise evaluation or prescription of walking cadence in adults to provide health benefits.

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