The Technique of Power Walking

The Technique of Power Walking

Power walking allows you to work at a higher intensity than typical walking and will therefore burn more calories.

It’s the same as normal walking but with more pronounced and purposeful leg and arm movements, which can increase your speed from an average 3mph (5km/h) to 5mph (8km/h).

It takes a little technique to get it right, but power walking will help you reap incredible fitness rewards.

Technique tips

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Power walking is like normal walking but with more pronounced and purposeful leg and arm movements.

Here are some tips for how to position and use your body in order to get the most from your power walking sessions:

Head, shoulders, and chest: Draw your head up tall, your shoulders back and down, and make sure that your chest is lifted to achieve a sense of length and poise throughout your body.

Abs: Pull your belly button toward your backbone so that the movement really comes from the core, and is therefore strong and safe.

Hips: Keep your pelvis and hip area as relaxed as possible so that you can stride freely with your legs.

Arms and hands: Bend your arms to 90° at waist level and “pump” them from the shoulders to propel each stride forward, retaining them bent at 90° as you do so. If your left leg is forward, your right arm must be forward, as if punching diagonally upward (palm facing inward), and your left arm back, as if elbowing someone behind you.

Hands: Cup your hands in a relaxed way, so that they make loose fists. As your arms swing, they should move in an arc shape from your waist up to about shoulder height in front of you.

Feet: Land each foot heel-first and roll through onto your toes, from where you can “push off” dynamically for the next step, to create a sense of momentum.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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