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How to Walk with Proper Form and Technique

The Art and Science of Fitness Walking

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  • 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
  • SUECHARLES1
    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
  • LINDA5758
    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
  • ORCHESTRAGARDEN
    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
  • NORMTRUB
    I have been using Nordic walking poles as well as Pacer poles when walking in order to get a full body workout rather than just the legs. see www.poleabout.com .au and www.pacerpole.com. - 5/16/2010 10:17:06 AM
  • MS-MURDER
    After I complete a long walk, my back is sore and I have problems bending down to touch my toes. Next time, I'm going to try to stay straight and stop looking down at feet. - 5/15/2010 5:06:43 PM
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    - 3/29/2010 12:08:58 PM
  • JOY_IS_LOSING
    A question: For weight loss, is it better to go for speed (ie 2 miles in half an hour) or distance? Right now I'm doing 2.5 to 3 miles each time but at 45 to 60 minutes this is "slow" (although I really feel the workout). I notice my calories burned is not at my goal, but I am losing weight. Confused. I also have a goal of walking on a trip this summer in Germany.

    Thanks for anyone who answers this. - 12/18/2009 12:48:26 PM

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