Power walking is an effective way to get the most out of your fitness
routine. It burns nearly as many calories as jogging and is easier on
the joints. It’s as close to perfect as exercise gets!
The benefits are incredible. You’ll notice that your quadriceps, hamstrings, butt, shoulders, upper back and stomach will get tighter and toner.
This type of exercise is purposeful and powerful. It is much more than just a stroll. In
fact, you’ll need to keep a brisk pace of 4.5 to 5 miles per hour, which
equals a 12 to 13-minute mile.
In order to achieve this pace, it is helpful to modify your technique to help propel yourself along.
Here are some techniques you can use to move faster.
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Proper posture ensures you use the correct muscles to help you burn more
calories and to avoid injury.
Fast Footwork –
Don’t lengthen your stride to move quicker. You can pull a muscle that
way. The key is to take quicker steps to increase your pace.
each step on your heel, then roll through the instep and push off with
your toes. This gives you a powerful step. Now focus on taking quick,
Engage the Arms – To pick up the
pace, you have to pick up your arms! Don’t let them hang at your sides.
Bend at your elbow so that your arms are just less than a 90 degree
angle and keep them close to your body. Keep your hands cupped and
Pump your arms so that your hands swing in an
arc from your chest to your waist. This will help you move faster and
burn more calories because you’re using more of your body to move. In
addition, this pumping will help tone the muscles in your upper body.
You know how fast you go when you’re late for something and you want to
run to make it in time, but instead you walk really fast so you don’t
look silly? Well, that’s how fast you will need to move. It’s
the point where you’re going so fast you almost break into a jog.
you find it hard to maintain this pace for long period of time,
consider adding short bursts of power walking into your routine. Interval walking
is a great way to burn calories quickly.
If you’re a
beginner, don’t jump into power walking. Move as briskly as you can, but
don’t push yourself. You can increase your speed as you feel
comfortable. Here are some great
to get you started on the right foot.
To help you maintain this fast pace, try listening to some fast-paced
music. Studies have shown that listening to music can help you walk
longer and not even notice!
Try listening to your favorite
music – that will always give you a boost of energy. You can also
listen to songs that are 137 or more beats per minute. This tempo will
match your quick steps. For a great selection of songs, visit my page on
power walking music.
If you exercise outdoors, keep the volume low on your music player so that you can still hear the sounds around you. It is best to be aware of the sights and sounds around you to help avoid danger.
You now have the proper technique and musical energy to get started. You’ll begin to feel and look better in a few short weeks.