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A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO POWER WALKING
13 February 2019
Power walking can help you burn as many calories as jogging. Moreover, it makes you less prone to injury than other aerobic exercises. Here are some tips to improve your power walking technique in order to gain maximum benefit:
It is a simple and natural way of moving, but with proper technique, you can turn casual walking into power walking or fitness walking. Power walking is a low-impact way to improve cardiovascular endurance and total body strength. Some of the benefits of power walking are that it helps tone and strengthen your muscles, improves physical health and burns the same number of calories as jogging.
Stretch your muscles to prevent injury. Perform calf, quadricep, hamstring, hip flexor, shoulder and tricep stretches once your muscles have become warm enough to stretch.
Place your arms in a 90-degree angle and keep your back upright.
Position your head in a neutral position that is in line with your spine. Keep your gaze looking forward and not at the ground.
Open your mouth slightly to ensure proper breathing. Tighten your glutes and abdominals.
Put down your heel first and then distribute your weight onto your toe while using your hips to push you forward.
Alternate arms and legs forward to maintain walking in a straight line.
Cool down by slowing your pace and dropping your arms by your sides. Continue decreasing your pace until your heart begins to gradually return to normal. Stretch each muscle for 20 to 30 seconds each.