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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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