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How to Walk with Proper Form and Technique

The Art and Science of Fitness Walking


  • 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... - 6/30/2009 12:29:30 AM
  • 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. - 6/29/2009 10:21:01 PM
  • Thanks for the article, I just got back from running today. Thanks for the tips - 6/3/2009 2:33:57 PM
  • 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! - 4/5/2009 5:05:29 PM
  • 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. - 3/6/2009 11:34:28 PM
  • Who knew walking was so complicated! Thanks for the article, I'll keep these techniques in mind. - 3/3/2009 4:11:47 PM
  • Who knew walking was so complicated! Thanks for the article, I'll keep these techniques in mind. - 3/3/2009 4:11:43 PM
  • Who knew walking was so complicated! Thanks for the article, I'll keep these techniques in mind. - 3/3/2009 3:52:51 PM

  • I'm not sure how many mph I walk, but when I use the treadmill I go between 2.3 and 2.5 mph. Ten months ago I couldn't walk much at all due to a knee that had surgery for cartilage removal and an arthritic hip. I took the advice of SP and did the 10 minute exercise and have now worked up to 45 - 60 minutes as well as doing cycling. I figure at the age of 73, my speed is not too bad. Maybe I can increase it, but will do it gradually. - 2/6/2009 10:43:47 PM
  • I don't have a car so I walk everywhere - now I'll remember to keep technique in mind when I'm getting from A to B! - 1/10/2009 11:45:44 AM
  • Learned a few things in this article. Good reading. Now I know how to do it right. Thanks. Going out for a 20 minute walk now. - 1/9/2009 12:21:56 PM
  • So helpful, i will be up with the birds tomorrow taking myself and my daugther for a walk. - 12/9/2008 12:08:42 AM
  • I liked your article. I took a fitness class at work once a little over 10 years ago where the speaker said to burn the most calories while walking, one should push off with their back leg to propel themselves forward (thus using the larger upper leg muscles) rather than kind of dragging (or pulling) the back leg as you walk which uses the calves more. This is how I walk now, pretty much automatically. I think the heel-toe walking promotes that (or vice versa). I'm not sure I explained that very well. - 11/21/2008 7:23:00 PM
  • Thank you so much for the info on the right way to walk. As a former runner who has had to drastically modify my fitness style to reduce impact on my joints since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I've turned to walking a lot (and at a fairly steep incline on the treadmill to burn some extra calories). I always thought 1) that walking was just a slower version of running, and 2) that was why I felt like I wanted to run when I get going at higher speeds. I am going to try some of these tips in my next workout. Hopefully they will help, and I won't long to be able to break into a good jog quite so much! - 11/20/2008 7:32:08 AM

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