You've done it! You've chosen your sport, and it's fitness walking!
Full of benefits for the body and mind, walking is an excellent choice. Before you get started, here are a few simple tips on how to get the most out of your first walking sessions.
Adopt the right posture from the start.
Fitness walking begins with an upright posture: shoulders back and relaxed. Your weight evenly distributed on both feet. Hips tilted forward and buttocks tucked in. Your chin should be parallel to the ground, eyes focused on the horizon. Start walking, without rushing, at your usual pace. Gradually, with your arms close to your body, start to pick up the pace. Your arms will naturally position themselves so you can swing them like a pendulum with each step.
The right pace!
The faster you go, the more the benefits of walking will be felt, especially if your goal is to lose weight and/or slim your figure. To do so, the trick is not to lengthen your stride, but to take more steps: your workout will be more efficient and it will help you avoid injury. For information, fitness walking is practised at a pace of between 4 and 9 km/h.
How long for?
This depends on your physical fitness and your level: don't force yourself. After all, the idea is to have fun! You could start with 20-30 minute sessions.
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