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How to Walk with Proper Form and Technique

The Art and Science of Fitness Walking


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  • This is great! I'm doing more walking out necessity at the moment (injured foot in the healing process) so until I can run again this article has provided some very useful tips.
  • I'm sorry, but if I have to think about all those things to walk, I'm just not going to do it. Just took all the fun out of it!
  • Thanks for sharing. Very informative. Wasn't wlaking properly.
    How fantastic to see someone exercising who looks over 50! This women looks in great health and is a motivator for me. It really helps to see diversity in age, gender and ethniticity.
  • Great article. When you walk as a form of exercise you need to be more aware of form. I learned this after some incorrect walking that has landed me in physical therapy. I am now restarting my walking as a from of exercise again, slower for now but I hope to increase my speed eventually. At 60 years old with plenty of arthritis in my spine, I may never jog but i can still lose weight thru walking. Treking poles are a help too.
    This article on walking is very helpful, because i do some walking without any techniques.
    now a going to apply this techniques because i know is going to work for me.
  • I agree Dale. I back off walking most of last year due to heel pain and using the tips in ChiWalking have gotten me going again -- most particularly avoiding the heel strike.

    I think there's also some caution in going with your "natural" stride -- I naturally toe out on one side. Over the past month since reading ChiRunning (and having a gate analysis done) I've been trying to keep that toe in. It works weak muscles, but I also find I'm having less hip pain.
    Great Article,but, there is some debate about landing on your heel as opposed to landing more on your midfoot. Many people when they step out in front of their bodies with their foot and land on their heel land with a straight knee which puts a lot of stress on the knee, hips, back, ankle and shins. A person can actually move forward without putting the foot infront of the body. By leaning forward from the ankle you can let gravity take you forward and land with a bent knee. Also it is not good advice to take a longer stiride when running either. Everything else in this article was great advice. Check out and Chi walking.
  • Ive done walking in chest High water. I use a cross country ski motion and it is safe for my back and I have less muscle aches.
    Wear water shoes though or the bottom of your feet will end up raw.

    The water is such good support and relaxing to do stretches. My lunges dont feel like all my body weight is pulling or leaning on one leg.
    The water also strengthens your abd as you develop your balance in the water.
    does anyone do pool activities?
  • Nice article!

    I'm glad I found it, since I plan on trying for at least a walk a day. Hopefully I can improve my posture, walking, and speed all at once! :D
  • Great tips for walking..walking is painful for me... i have two bulging disks betweek number 4&5. it causes my to lean and my right leg goes numb after awhile..
    any ideas on i can straighten up with the pain?
  • I thought it was a good intro to walking for someone who wants to learn to do it correctly.
  • From the article: ( "Unlike a running stride, your feet should never lift off the ground completely when walking." )

    That could have been better worded. BOTH feet should never lift off the ground, but it would be scuffing our feet to drag the rear foot forward without leaving the ground. (Not to mention the potential for tripping on any unevenness where we're walking, especially if it's not a track.)
  • 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.
  • 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.

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