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Regular walks can keep you healthy and fit. A brisk walk can be as challenging as a workout and can be beneficial for the overall fitness of the body and mind.
Walking dismissed for years as a workout for wimps, is hardly a monolithic effort. You can walk faster, longer, or up a hill or two to make it challenging. You can pump your limbs in exaggerated motions. It is easier on the joints too. Take race walking that can help you achieve the effects of an aerobic workout with just walking. The most helpful attributes for race walking are coordination, flexibility, speed and endurance.

However when picking up the sport, you need to master the technique, so learn from an experienced race walker. Author Therese Iknoian does a nice job in the second edition of Fitness Walking of helping readers put structure to their steps, offering advice on everything from form to safety to shoes. She lays out a series of programs and breaks them down for beginners, intermediate and advanced walkers. Here are some easy ways to get started.

Pace when you gab on the phone.
Walk after lunchtime.
If you're going to the store to pick up one or two items then take a walk, don't drive.

Inspired to pursue hard-core walking, follow a few tips:
Walk tall, look forward, keep your chin level and your head up.
Keep your chest raised and shoulders relaxed.
Bend your arms in slightly less than a 90-degree angle. Do not swing them across your body. Swing your arms faster and your feet will follow.
Take smaller, quicker steps.
Land on your heel. Roll through the step and push off with your toes.
Breathe naturally. Take deep, rhythmic breaths to get the maximum amount of oxygen through your system. Walk fast enough that your breathing increases, but not so fast that you're out of breath.
Walking, unlike many athletic pursuits, is cheap. But you still can benefit from more than a good pair of shoes.
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Posted on : 23/11/2005
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