You have been walking for years, but chances are, you haven’t been utilising all of your muscles. Power walking, also known as speed walking, is a cross between regular walking and jogging. An extreme form of power walking—also called race walking—involves rigorous rules and requirements during timed events. Research suggests that power walking or brisk walking can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and depression. Although it is a very basic form of exercise, it does require some amount of preparation. Here are a few effective ways to maximise the potential of your power walk.
For power walking to be effective, you need to take stronger strides, and sucking in your abdominal muscles will help you do that. Imagine zipping up a pair of tight jeans. Doing this will also tone your abs and improve your posture by supporting your spine while you walk.
Choosing where to walk is very important. If weather permits, you can always head outdoors, but if it doesn’t, you can dial up the incline on your treadmill. Power walking on an incline helps you strengthen your legs.
While walking, vigorously swing your bent arms. This will provide you with extra speed, which in turn will burn more calories and strengthen your upper body.
Power walking can be strenuous if you push too hard. Take short breaks every 10-15 minutes, and give your body some rest. Our muscles are prone to wear and tear; taking a break helps restore them and elevate your energy levels before you speed up again.
Your glutes provide power to your strides, so tighten your butt when you’re walking. This helps your butt get firmer faster and burns fat too.
Written By : Rounak Guharoy