Power Walking Techniques with Peace Naturals™

Sep 2, 2020 | Nest News, News - Featured

Walking is a popular exercise that can be done almost anywhere. With some innovative techniques, you can make it a bit more challenging and fun. Switch up your style with one of the power walking techniques below.

 

Speed Walking

This walking technique has a speed that’s slightly faster than regular walking, ranging from 7km to 9km per hour. The difference between speed walking and jogging or running is that at least one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times.

To practice speed walking, make sure to walk in a straight path; alternate the movement of your feet and arms; keep one foot in permanent contact with the ground and with your lead leg bent; make sure your strides are heel to toe at all times; and keep your arms completely spread from the elbows.

 

Uphill Walking

Uphill walking is done on an elevated surface such as stairs, hills, and hiking routes. Going uphill puts more exertion on your legs so you should warm up with a brisk five-minute walk.

Shorten your steps to make it easier to lift your body up the incline. Lean slightly into the hill to help maintain balance on elevation and make sure not to raise your knees higher than six inches.

 

Nordic Pole Walking

This type of exercise requires a Nordic pole to use while walking. This helps you apply pressure with each stride so that your entire body receives fitness-building stimulation that you would not get from regular walking.

Keep your poles beside you so that you can swing your arms in a natural position and walk heel to toe to strengthen your stride. Continue your stride and pace by strapping your hands inside the poles and let them drag on the ground. Grip your poles and plant them as you drag, applying pressure to each pole plant to push your body forward.

 

Trying a power walking technique is a great way to add a light workout to your daily routine. Learn how you can stay healthy this season by following our Nest page for more whole health tips.

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