Are you walking correctly? Top technique tips that can help

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Are you walking correctly? Top technique tips that can help
It seems straightforward, but good walking technique can mean you get the most out of the movement.

Walking is a great way to improve your fitness if you do it the right way.

Although walking is a simple movement, there are several ways to make it more efficient and beneficial.

Catherine Quinn, president of the British Chiropractic Association, has revealed how you become the best walker you can be.

The right fit

First things first, make sure you are wearing suitable shoes that won’t hurt your feet on your walk and in the future.

“Shoes should be flat and flexible, with supportive features for added safety,” Catherine recommends. “Walking shoes with a firm ankle support are ideal as they prevent you from ‘going over’ your ankle.”

Be aware of your technique

Walking correctly is vital when you are walking, particularly for long distances.

“Keeping a steady pace may sometimes seem hard when walking a great distance, but it is vital for you to stay mindful,” the expert states. “Remember that your heel should hit the floor first and then push off with your toe. Your foot acts as a natural shock absorber, so protect it, as it does you.”

Find your stride

Once you find your stride, you will likely find that walking becomes easier.

“Try to avoid overstriding. Shorter, faster strides are more efficient and encourage good ‘propulsion’ through the big toe,” she explains. “If you’re descending steeper hills, they also prevent you putting the ‘brake’ on your landing leg with significant force through the knee, as you would with longer strides.”

Going uphill

Walking uphill can be tough, but it is also a great form of cardio if you do it effectively.

“If you’re walking uphill, keep tall and avoid stooping over. Squeezing your butt muscles can help drive you up a hill too,” Catherine states.

Don’t overdo it

Make sure to listen to your body and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to walk faster or further.

“If you’re not ready to take on an epic walking adventure just yet, that’s OK!” the expert assures. “Start by incorporating a few more steps into your routine each day instead.”

Remember the benefits

Finally, remember how good walking is for the mind and body.

“Relish the scenery, the fresh air, and all the other physical and mental benefits that walking brings,” the expert says.


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