The perception of walking to many is that it isn’t as effective an exercise as others, simply by the perceived notion that its a motion and activity that we already do out of necessity. Those that underestimate and take walking for granted wind up missing out on a very useful and efficient means of burning fat. With power walking, you get a low-impact means of improving your body’s cardiovascular endurance and overall strength. In fact, power walking can be just as effective as jogging when it comes to burning calories and developing and toning muscles. Below are a few tips on how to power walk effectively so that you’re getting the maximum amount of benefit from it.
Warm Up: You can warm up with a few calisthenics exercises of varied nature, such as jumping rope or jumping jacks for about five minutes. Choose a casual walk for five minutes for a low-impact option.
Stretch: It is very important to stretch your muscles to prevent injury. Take note to properly perform calf, quadriceps, hamstring, hip flexor, shoulder and triceps stretches once your muscles have warmed up sufficiently.
Form: Place your arms in a 90-degree angle and keep your back upright. Position your head in a neutral position that is in line with your spine. Keep your gaze looking forward and not at the ground. Open your mouth slightly to ensure proper breathing. Tighten your glutes and abdominals. Step with your heel first and then distribute your weight onto your toe while using your hips to push you forward.
Cool Down: Now, ensure that you cool down by slowing your pace and dropping your arms by your sides. Continue decreasing your pace until your heart begins to gradually return to normal rate. Stretch each muscle for 20 to 30 seconds each.