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All the different ways of walking

Walking gets the feet moving, the mind relaxing and the blood pumping.

Walking is simple, free, and accessible. It is one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's a great cardio exercise both indoors and outdoors. And
the best thing is, walking is low-risk and easy to start! 

Another walking bonus, there's no right or wrong way to walk, and it's ok to walk differently to others. Walking allows you to go at your own pace, but if you want to get more out of the steps you take, you can always try a different style of walk. 

Brisk walking 

This style of walking includes going at a pace that is quicker than your steady walk. When you go for a brisk walk, you may feel a little breathless, but you should still be able to hold down a conversation. Doing a little stretching before you set out is a good idea, so you don’t cause yourself any injuries. 

Power Walking 

A little quicker than brisk walking, this walk requires moving your bent arms to increase your speed. Power walking can burn off as many calories as jogging, so it’s a great way to start losing weight. Having the right gear, finding a good path and getting a buddy will make this style of walking more fun. 

Race Walking 

A notch above power walking, race walking can be competitive. From youth athletics to Olympics Games, race walking is contested in all levels of track and field. Racers must always maintain contact with the ground, with the leading leg straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground. 

Chi Walking 

Chi walking focuses more on incorporating Tai Chi movements into your walk. It’s a low-impact and pain-free way to improve your health. This type of walking is a great alternative for those rehabilitating from an illness or injury. It emphasizes good posture, loose joints, engaging the core, and relaxing the arms and legs. 

Marathon Walking 

Walkers can compete in marathon courses at a slower pace over several hours. Marathon walking gives people the chance to explore locations in a different way through a jampacked route. It is best to put aside the whole day for your efforts when taking part in marathon walking. 

Nordic Walking 

This type of walking looks like skiing but without the skis. Walkers use two poles to push down from the ground, working out more muscles than a normal walk does. Nordic walking is quite often popular amongst more elderly walkers, as they enjoy the stability that the poles offer.


Find more ways to move more!

If you thrive in the benefits of walking, and feel it's time to make more, better, healthy lifestyle changes, then talk to us! We are here to support anyone who wants to become more active. Register today and get the support you need from our friendly team of advisors and coaches. 


How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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