Many doctors and fitness experts consider power walking to be the perfect way to stay fit. Anyone can do it, it doesn’t cause trauma to your joints like running does, and injuries from doing it are extremely rare. They also point out that the human body was designed more for walking than running or jogging.
There are other benefits too. Walking exercise doesn’t require any special equipment, it can be done almost anywhere, you can do it throughout your life, and the outdoor scenery and fresh air can be invigorating. This more aggressive and intense style of walking offers full aerobic benefits and strengthens a wider range of muscles.
The following are just some of the many benefits of power walking:
• Your cardiovascular health will get better and you will lower your chances of having a stroke or coronary disease.
• Your mental health will improve as you have less anxiety and stress.
• You will develop stronger and more defined muscles.
• Your weight and body fat will go down.
• You will have more energy and better self-esteem.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your power walking.
• Power walking techniques are best applied by keeping your head up and level. Not looking down, but ahead to where you are going.
• Move your arms gently, in a way that is comfortable and fits in with your walking.
• Your walking movement should come initially from the hip area so that it swings forward with the leg following and then straightening out. As you move forward you should apply energy to the back foot so that your forward momentum is maintained. Try your best not to take extra long steps, just use a stride that is natural to both the motion and the speed that you are going.
• Select a route that takes you through a scenic area and/or attractive neighborhood(s). Even if this represents only a portion of your route, the destination will motivate you and you’ll be inspired as you pass through.
• Carry a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Power walking is the new jogging. It is seen as a safer alternative to running with similar health benefits but at a lower intensity. In thirty minutes you can burn up to 250 calories AND get a great cardio-vascular workout.