What's the difference between a simple walker and a fitness walker? Foot movement, unconscious for the former, is mastered by the latter. In fitness walking, the right foot movement means preventing injuries and optimising how your muscles work.
Learning to walk the right way is essential for your fitness walking sessions. When you move, you transfer your weight from one foot to the other. In order to protect your joints, it's important for this transfer to be balanced from one foot to the other, between the one hitting the ground and other which propels you with your toes. The right foot movement makes it possible to support your weight, not suffer it!
FOOT MOVEMENT STARTS WITH THE HEEL
In order to achieve a greater range of motion, your foot lifts up at the heel, following the entire length of the foot, up to your toes. The movement ends when the toes of your left foot push back against the ground and the heel of your right foot hits the ground.
1 - FOOT MOVEMENT STARTS WITH THE HEEL
Remember to gently set your heel flat on the ground. You'll get better cushioning and the impact against the ground will be divided over a greater area. This will protect your joints. If you hasten your stride, you'll risk getting hurt by crushing the ground with all your weight.
2 - HEEL TO TOE MOTION
Once the heel is on the ground, the foot needs to lift up in a completely smooth way. Placing it down flat all at once after setting down your heel would create an impact you'd be better off avoiding, since this would be bad for your knees, hips and back. The movement should be smooth, you should feel your entire foot in motion.
3 - LAST STEP OF THE MOVEMENT: PROPULSION
Now that your foot is completely on the ground, don't forget the step which will enable you to move forward and gain momentum: vigorously pushing against the ground with your toes. Imagine that you want to show the soles of your shoes to the person following you. Dedicating your efforts to your propulsion will work your leg muscles, sculpt your thighs and also work your glutes.
In summary :
You've got it now, the right foot movement is the foundation of fitness walking! It enables your muscles to work more effectively and safely and gives you a light and well-paced stride.