What Kind of Walker Are You?

What Kind of Walker Are You?

Three Women Walking on Shoreline
Three Women Walking on Shoreline. Hero Images/Getty Images

What kind of walking do you enjoy the most? Not all walkers are alike. They differ in where they like to walk, how long they like to walk, how fast, who they walk with, and more.

Check the questions below. For each, score yourself with a letter. At the end, see which letter you have the most of. Then we'll tell you a little more about your preferred walking style.

1. How long do you prefer to walk?

  • A. Over 2 hours
  • B. 15 minutes to 1 hour
  • C. Two hours
  • D. About an hour

2. How fast do you prefer to walk?

  • A. Easy
  • B. Easy to brisk
  • C. Steady
  • D. As fast as I can

3. How often do you do your walking?

  • A. When I can get away
  • B. Most days of the week
  • C. Weekends
  • D. On a defined training schedule

4. How often do you go on organized walks or races?

  • A. Very rarely
  • B. Once in awhile to keep things interesting
  • C. I do most my walking is at organized walks or races
  • D. Frequently -- to win!

5. Do you like keeping track of your walks?

  • A. No, I just walk.
  • B. I should. I hear it helps keep you on track.
  • C. Yes. Recording my walks is great incentive.
  • D. Yes -- speed, distance, time, shoe mileage. You name it, I love to track it.

6. Do you want to get awards or recognition for walking?

  • A. No, I don't really care, I do it for me and for the experience.
  • B. I like getting a t-shirt or ribbon from a charity walk.
  • C. I want an award every time I walk, just for finishing.
  • D. I want to win my medals and trophies by being faster than everyone else in my classification.

7. What kind of walking routes do you prefer?

  • A. Getting out on trails and into nature.
  • B. My usual neighborhood route plus occasional trails or charity walks or walk/runs.
  • C. I love doing new trails all the time, chosen by other walkers in walkable places.
  • D. I prefer the track.

8. Do you like to meet other walkers?

  • A. No, I prefer to get into the environment, not the people.
  • B. I'm happy with my walking partner or going solo.
  • C. I often meet other walkers at walking events or in my walking club.
  • D. I love meeting other walkers, and then beating them in a race.

9. What kind of walking animal do you see yourself as?

  • A. Mountain goat
  • B. Gazelle
  • C. Horse
  • D. Greyhound

10. How do you feel about hills?

  • A. I love the view from the top.
  • B. A few are OK. I know they are good for my workout.
  • C. I want to know how the route is rated so I can prepare myself.
  • D. No hills, they slow me down.

11. What kind of walking surface do you prefer?

  • A. Natural trails and dirt paths.
  • B. Sidewalks, bike lanes, greenway paths
  • C. I don't mind variety -- natural trails as well as pavement.
  • D. I want a smooth and responsive track.

12. Do you walk in rain or cold or heat?

  • A. Only if I get caught in a sudden storm.
  • B. I hate it, I hit the treadmill or mall instead if I can.
  • C. I'll walk if I there's a walking event I just can't miss.
  • D. I stick with my training and racing schedule.

Tally up how many of each letter you chose. Now leap to the result page that tells you about your walking personality.

Type A - Your Walking Personality is Hiker

Trail Walking and Hiking
Trail Walking and Hiking. Hero Images/Gettty Images

You would enjoy hiking: getting off the road and onto the trail, to enjoy nature and natural paths.

  • How to Hike: How to enjoy the great outdoors on foot. Find out what you should wear and how to tackle challenges such as hills and stream crossings.
  • Trail Shoes: On the trail, you need trail shoes or boots to protect your feet from rocks and support your ankles.
  • Hiking and Trekking Poles: A hiking stick or pair of trekking poles adds stability. Find out more about using poles or a stick.
  • How to Walk Hills at High Altitude

You may also enjoy training for a long distance trek, such as walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Type B - Your Walking Personality is Fitness Walker

Two Women Fitness Walking on Paved Park Path
Two Women Fitness Walking on Paved Park Path. digitalskillet/E+/Getty Image

You enjoy walking as a fitness activity. You want to walk regularly to maintain health and fitness and to keep the weight off.

Add some purpose to your walking workouts by training for charity walks and endurance walks.

Type C - Your Walking Personality is Volkswalker

Senior Walking Club Group Walk
Walking Club Group Walk. Christopher Futcher/E+/Getty Images

You would enjoy joining a walking club for fun, fitness, and friendship. You want to enjoy a variety of walks and to walk with other walkers at fun events.
How to Find and Join a Walking Club

Volkssport Walks and Walking Clubs

These walking clubs create 10K (6.2 mile) weekend walking events that are open to the public to enjoy, plus they have thousands of self-guided walking routes you can enjoy any time. This is a worldwide program.

Type D - Your Walking Personality is Racewalker

Woman Powerwalking on Road
Brisk Walking. Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

You would enjoy racewalking: walking for speed, competing, winning medals and races.

How to Racewalk: A full tutorial on learning to racewalk, from Erofit coach Judy Heller.

How to Walk Faster: How to speed up your walking without adopting the legal racewalking techniques. This will help you get to the finish line faster at charity walks and fun runs.

How to Find Walker-Friendly Races: Once you can walk fast, you may want to find walker-friendly 10K, half marathons and marathons to earn awards and set new personal records.

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