Ways to Walk
Types of Walking
There are many different ways to enjoy walking. You can mix it up a little with one of the following:
Take your walk inside to a walking track
Be a speed walker
Increase the speed of your walking to a comfortable pace without losing your walking form. You should breathe normally and pump your arms for an added aerobic workout. Be sure you’re ready for this level of intensity and start with short bursts at first.
Challenge yourself with incline
The most intense form of walking is going up-hill or climbing stairs. It’s a good idea to perform additional stretches before you start on the hills or stairs, as climb walking puts extra strain on the stomach, buttocks, lower back and leg muscles.
Known by some as urban poling, nordic walking uses specifically designed poles to engage the upper body. Nordic walking was first used as a summer training method by cross-country skiers and is excellent training for people who are looking for an outdoor sport. It has less impact on the body than running and takes your walk to the next level, burning more calories and using more muscles.
Walking in water
The resistance provided by walking in a pool greatly increases the difficulty to move. Water walking is an intense workout with less strain on the joints.
Get from here to there
Walking is a great way to get you where you need to go, whether it’s a walk to the park, to the store or to/from work. It’s a form of active transportation.
Winter walking is an exercise that’s worth warming up to. It’s important to be active in the winter months and continue your progress. The key to walking in this season is preparation:
- Pick your path ahead of time
- Dress to keep warm, dry and safe
- Start slow and take it easy
- Walk with friends
- Pay attention to conditions and watch for slippery paths
- Take your walk inside when the weather is too cold or slippery