Human walking, a type of human gait, is the slowest form of bipedal forward motion of the body controlled by the alternation and sequencing of various parts of the body. Walking variations can be differentiated and characterized through adjustments to limb movements, speed, force, and friction caused when a foot strikes the ground surface. When walking, one foot is in contact with the ground at all times. Walking is the lowest speed of human gait.
Weight and the distance walked are the contributing factors in the amount of calories burned while walking, and walking speed matters less. For example, a 180 pound person burns about 100 calories a mile while walking, and a 120 pound person burns about 65 calories a mile.
Treatment for lower back pain varies if an underlying medical condition is a factor. General recommendations and treatments for lower pain are rest, hot or cold therapy, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, and light exercises to stretch the affected muscles.
30 to 90 minutes a day of a moderately-intense walk will aid in weight loss. A minimum of 150 minutes a week should be the total time walked. Periods of 30 minutes or longer of walking will further aid in burning fat. Skipping more than one day is not recommended, as consistency improves metabolic rate.