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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! I really need to work on my arms pumping. My mile is 2400 steps. Looking at the speeds, it's now clear to me why so many people with longer legs pass me in an apparent sauntering pace.

  • Very good article and thanks for the reminders.
  • Good article, thx coach!

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  • Thank you for posting this. I had to relearn these techniques after I fracture my ankle. I found it very hard and did have concentrate on heel, toe. Then I returned to running and it again did not come natural. I would later find out that if I ran behind my grandchildren, they had the most natural technique. I observed their feet and practiced their form. Now I will find a runner who has good form and follow them for awhile. It helps and so does music, running on the beat. Marching bands do this after all, to a beat? And most aerobic classes have music with a beat.
  • My family is going for our first walk today. We just read this article and plan to use the tips to start us off right. Thanks.
    I'm going for a walk this afternoon and will keep these tips in mind, especially about posture. My walk includes one steep hill, so it'll be interesting to see whether I lean into it or not. I've never noticed. Thanks also to REDROCKR for the reminder to stay hydrated. The only other tip I can think of that wasn't mentioned is to make sure you pump your arms forward and back, not across your body.
  • When I walk at work, I'll try to incorporate these tips.
  • What a fantastic article. It has all the info you need and never get to do it properly. Thank you !!!
  • Good article. Loved the reminder about avoiding leaning on hills. No matter how often I walk I often forget this point.
  • just returned from 50 minutes in 102 degree AZ temp. This was after the sun went down! Remember to stay hydrated, too, folks. This is just as important as rolloing from heel to toe...
  • This article leaves me a little confused about one thing. I walk between 17-18 (on my Nike ipod). According to this, that isn't even moderate walking. Am I going to lose weight doing this? I am 259 pounds and usually go about 45 minutes at a time. Now, I'm wondering if it is in vain.
  • Thanks for the article, I just got back from running today. Thanks for the tips
  • I am a little blown away by the speeds. 3 to 3.5 mph on my treadmill has me walking as fast as I can without breaking into a jog. Surely isnt a leisurely walking pace!
  • exactly who knew walking came with instructions.. but i love to walk and have problems with my knees and ankles so i found this really helpful.
  • Who knew walking was so complicated! Thanks for the article, I'll keep these techniques in mind.

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