Power walking is also known as speed walking. Power walking is different from how we usually walk since the speed of walking is faster. It is different from jogging or running since power walking must be done with at least one of the feet on the ground during the walk. Power walking is a good form of exercise, especially for elderly people since it can bring up the heart rate without having to exert much effort on the joints.
Read the tips that are provided below to know some power walking techniques that will help you when you exercise:
- Keep your head up. When you are power walking, keep your head up and facing straight forward. Always look towards your destination so that you can see if there are obstructions that you need to pass over. This is also good for focusing and concentration. The chin should be parallel to the ground to lessen the strain on the neck muscles since you will be going faster than your usual speed and exerting effort without stressing your joints.
- Relax arms and shoulders. The first time you do speed walking, the tendency is to tense up the muscles in order to gain momentum. This can only hurt your joints. The right way to do it is relax your shoulder and your arms. Relax your arms by your side but have them in a bent position.
- Movement of arms. The arms should be bent but they should not stay in a single position throughout the power walk. You can swing them slightly but do not keep them stiff. Swing them according to what’s comfortable with your body when you move. The swinging of the arms should come naturally to you so you should not think too much about it.
- Walk from the hips. The walking motion should come from your hips. This can be one of the hardest parts to master when power walking. Rotate the hips slightly forward when you are about to take a step. After doing this for a while, the motions will come easier to you. As you walk, position the foot in front of the body as if you are following a straight invisible line.
- Walking stride. Do not force yourself to take big strides when your body is not yet used to the motions. Walk according to what feels comfortable for you. As your body gets used to power walking, your hips will become more flexible and it will be easier for you to take longer strides.
Now you know some of the techniques that you can use when power walking.
As you get better, you can purchase a pedometer or a heart rate monitor
to use when you go power walking. These devices can keep track of how
many steps you take. The heart rate can be a guide for you so that you
can push yourself when exercising without going over your limit. Do not
forget to warm up and stretch before you go power walking.