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How to Walk with Proper Form and Technique

The Art and Science of Fitness Walking


  • This article has some good information.

    I like to walk however, it is very very painful for me to walk. I have degenerative disk problems so my lower back hurts and my legs burn like fire when I walk after 5 minutes.

    I started a walking program in the past and then stopped. So I am starting today again.
    I walked for 10 minutes and thought I was going to die by the time 10 minutes rolled around. I stretched also after a few minutes.

    So I am going to keep the information given in this article in mind when I go on my afternoon walk. - 9/27/2011 12:08:00 PM
  • This article was somewhat helpful. However it does have a couple of typographical errors that I hope you would fix if you knew about them. - 9/13/2011 8:10:08 PM
  • I generally avoid walking for fitness, because I am prone to shin splints. I always wondered why I could do aerobics and other exercise, but simple walking would hurt so much. Now I see that walking is not so simple and have some great tips on how to improve. This information is very helpful, combined with a new pair of good shoes, I am off and ...well....WALKING!! - 9/13/2011 11:55:39 AM
  • Thanks for the tips! Very informative! - 7/15/2011 2:09:23 PM
  • Thank you for an informative and helpful article. I need to not only learn to walk correctly, but to help my son-a TBI patient, improve his gait and walking.
    Very useful for us. - 6/28/2011 11:07:00 AM
    I think that your article on walking properly is great. I once read Kathy Smith's article on proper walking techniques and she used the word "RACES" to remind oneself of the proper technique. R - rotate foot as you indicated, A - arms should be at a 90 degree angle, C - contract your stomach. E - eyes should be on the horizon, and S - shoulders should be relaxed. It is unbelievable all the people that walk with their head down, causing round shoulders as you age. - 2/26/2011 12:05:52 PM
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    I never realized there was so much to walking. I have learned alot from this article.Thank you I am going to try to do this, - 10/25/2010 9:46:56 PM
  • I'm doing chi walking and running, so the mechanics are different - I have greatly reduced injuries by learning chi technique and plan to walk a half marathon this year! - 9/22/2010 1:33:05 AM
  • I'm very thankful this article was available. I took a walking/weight loss class in college back in 1985, and none of this information was discussed. Thank you! - 9/5/2010 5:12:47 AM
  • I really liked this article! I'm ready to start a serious walking program and needed a refresher on the proper techniques to get the most out of my workouts. Thanks! - 8/12/2010 9:29:55 PM
  • I like this story. I lost over 60 pounds by walking about 5 miles a day and never knew about the leaning on the hills I take. I had foor surgery due to wearing the wrong shoes and not taking good care of my feet. After 5 months of healing, I am looking for articles with information like this so I won't do things again that I never knew before I learned the hard way! - 7/31/2010 3:04:30 PM
  • Very good article! I didn't realize that leaning back when going down hills could be problematic - but if you stay erect, your abs work much more!
    I also liked the instruction about rolling from heel to ball of foot. I have to watch out that I put enough weight on the inner ball mounts - so that my feet don't slightly roll to the outside (pronation). - 7/16/2010 11:59:41 AM
    I had to read this sentence a few times to figure out what was intended: "When walking, your center of gravity to move forward, not side-to-side (known as hip sway)." I think the word "to" is supposed to be "should." Also, in key #3 the word "more" should be "move." I really appreciate the advice about not lengthening your natural stride. I am 5'2" and I find it very difficult to walk at a "brisk" pace, the best I can do at this point is slow to moderate. I felt very tempted to lengthen my stride to see if that would make a difference. - 6/30/2010 11:01:03 AM
  • THANK YOU!!! This is one of the most useful, well written, and thorough articles I have ever read about walking!!!! I am training to walk the Portland Marathon and although I knew that you should walk heel-toe, the way he presented the information made me realize I was not releasing with my big toe after all (And I thought I was doing great---live and learn), . THANK YOU! - 6/28/2010 9:57:31 AM
  • I have had to learn to walk again and I don't always do it correctly. Heel to toe is a good reminder for me.It is seriously hard to remind yourself all the time how to do this and sometimes you just walk the way that is easiest for you. - 6/13/2010 1:40:20 AM

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