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5 tips for an effective walk

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

The summer vacations are over and you feel like starting training again? A good solution is to add walk as your workout routine.

In this article, we’ll take a look at five tips for practicing effective walking, preferably, of course, with WAHU shoes on your feet, the best shoes for long walks 😉

woman walking at sunset
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1- Speed is important

First of all, we must not confuse a walk with a stroll. One difference between the two is definitely the speed. A walk can be called so if the speed is between 5 km/h and 10 km/h, while below that it is just a stroll. So, if we want to achieve good results, it is advisable to walk at a steady pace. But don't worry, 5 Km/h is not as much as it sounds, anyone can do it, especially wearing wellness comfort shoes!

2- It is important to change the path and the terrain

Walking on the same path and terrain every day is surely boring and uninspiring. That is why it is important to change the route as well as the terrain often, if not day by day. Pavement, dirt, grass, even some slight ups and downs help improve balance.

3- Technique makes a difference

In order to achieve the above speeds and obtain the desired benefits, it is important to keep in mind that technique makes a difference, especially that of footstrike.

The movement of the foot, in fact, is divided into 4 consequential moments of footstrike:

1. heel stance,

2. full sole stance,

3. forefoot stance,

4. toe stance.

In a nutshell, it involves doing a good roll with the foot, which rests the heel, rolls along the whole sole and pushes until the toe is in contact with the ground.

4- Arms set the pace

You may be wondering, what do arms have to do with walking? The arms set the pace! As soon as you speed up a bit, the arms naturally tend to bend at the elbow at right angles, and swing in coordinated alternation with the legs, to give rhythm, balance and fluidity to the pace of walking.

5- Continuity is everything for an effective walk

Rule number one is: better a little every day than a lot every now and then. Continuity and regularity in practice over time are keys for making walking part of your lifestyle. In order to get improvements and wellness results from walking, one needs to have continuous and repeated stimulation, because occasional stimulation is not likely to produce relevant results both physically and mentally.

And after these little tips, are you ready to get started? 😉


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