How fast can a person move

What is movement

Regular exercise has a positive effect on health. Achieving a minimum amount of exercise week after week is important for health benefits. The Austrian recommendations for exercise provide an answer to the question of how much exercise and what degree of exertion (intensity) is recommended per week.

Many people are not very physically active and spend their everyday lives mainly sedentary. The most important step is going from "physically inactive" to "a little physically active". The healthy amount of exercise can be achieved through various physical activities.

The general rule is: Long periods of sitting should be avoided or repeatedly interrupted by movement!

The everyday basic activities hardly include strenuous movements, i.e. low-intensity physical activity. This includes activities such as standing, walking slowly, going downstairs or carrying light loads. People who only perform basic everyday activities are referred to as "physically inactive".

Health promotingphysical activities have a higher energy consumption than basic activities. All forms of exercise that improve health and where the risk of injury is low are referred to as health-enhancing physical activity. Examples include active mobility (e.g. brisk walking, cycling), dancing, gardening such as raking leaves, but also many sports.

Athletic training is planned, goal-oriented movement and follows special requirements, the training principles. In competitive sports, special motor skills are specifically trained, for example long-term or sprint endurance, speed strength, maximum strength, etc. Since physical training improves body functions, this is also a health-enhancing physical activity if the risk of injury does not increase as a result.

For more information, see Exercise for Health.

Examples of top athletic performance compared to normal physical performance:

  • Walk: Top athletes cover 20 kilometers in around an hour and 17 minutes, which corresponds to an average speed of around 15 km / h. For comparison: the speed of normal walking is around four to five km / h.

  • To run: Top athletes complete the sprint distance of 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, which corresponds to an average speed of around 37 km / h. For comparison: The limit for the Austrian Sports and Gymnastics Badge (Ă–STA) in bronze (18 to 29 years) is a time of 13.80 seconds for men and 17 seconds for women for 100 meters. Compared to humans, a cheetah can run short distances at a speed of 110 km / h.