Below, ten walking tips included to teach you how to improve your walk and speed up your pace:
– A gentle warm-up of five minutes is recommended to get your heart and muscles ready for a quicker pace.
– It would be best if you tighten abdominal muscles, so that there isn’t too much strain on your spine and lower back and better balance, one should tighten abdominal muscles. Doing so will help with balance on inclines, in particular.
– To prevent placing unnecessary stress on your lower back, keep your shoulders level with your hips and your hips level with your knees as you walk.
– Keeping hands relaxed and bending elbows will help you accelerate more comfortably.
– Shoulders should always be rolled back and down so they don’t crunch up to your ears and cause neck pain.
– Place your heel in contact with the ground, and roll your foot in towards your heel, using the ball of your foot to push off. Preventing lower body joint injuries and ankle sprains is this three-step process’s aim.
– Direct your gaze forward, with only occasional glances to the side. This will help you to avoid stumbling and falling.
Keeping your arms at your sides and bent 90 degrees as you walk will help you maintain your speed.
– Instead of walking slower and throwing off your stride, make smaller, quicker steps to go faster. The shorter your arm swings are, the shorter your leg stride.
– Don’t quicken your pace toward the end of your walk, so your muscles and heart have a chance to recover. When you’re finished, you should have stretched all the way.
Now that you’ve learned all about fast pace walking techniques, you may be asking yourself just how fast is fast enough in terms of fitness? The talk test, which measures exercise intensity based on speech rate, is a good gauge. It’s recommended to find a pace at which you struggle to maintain a steady conversation while walking with friends, but that is slow enough to not pant. Be aware of your intensity by doing this a few times during your walk.
For extra intensity and more calories burned, wear a weighted vest or walking poles while you exercise. Many sporting goods stores carry these tools.