Walking is the easiest and the most natural movement that exists. If you’ve decided to pep up your walk and at the same time improve your fitness level, this article will show you how to do it. The right way is to get the most out of walking!
How is Walking a Sport?
Active walking is an easy way to make the most out of walking. It’s a great method to help you slim down and relax. We usually assume that crazy, intense workouts are the only way to get in shape. Rest assured, they’re not. By just picking up the pace to about 5 kph – a little faster than a regular stroll – you can make active walking a regular part of your routine. Read on to find out how!
Pick up the pace and roll those feet
To burn calories and relax with active walking, you need to make sure you’re walking the right way. Every day gives you a chance to work some sport into your routine!
People often pick up bad walking habits, striking the ground with the centre of their foot. Each foot has 26 bones, 16 joints and 107 ligaments, giving it the ideal structure to walk with a smooth, fluid movement by rolling your entire foot heel to toe.
To boost your walking, incorporate these three movements for a proper stride: your heel should land first, then roll your entire foot before pushing off with your toes. You’ll gain flexibility and will be walking better in no time!
Don’t feel silly using your arms to tone yourself up
Walking well means using your arms. Don’t feel silly swinging your arms when you’re walking briskly.
Stay relaxed, with your shoulders back and swing your arms naturally. Not only does this movement help you maintain your balance, but it also works your upper body muscles and obliques along the side of your body. After just a few sessions, you’ll feel great and will start to get toned!
Also, remember to stand up straight: active walking uses your entire body and helps you build endurance from head to toe.
Remember: Take your time to walk with a proper foot motion and even though your fitness goals will be there at the back of your mind, try and enjoy walking to keep yourself motivated. If you stick with it, you’ll start to see the benefits of this endurance sport over time without subjecting yourself to any sort of an injury!