It's done! You've chosen your sport, and it's fitness walking! Walking is an excellent choice, offering lots of benefits for the body and the mind. Here are a few simple tips before you start, to make sure you get off on the right foot.

adopt the right posture from the start.

Fitness walking starts with a straight posture so you don't hurt your back: your shoulders should be low and relaxed. Jeanick Landormy, walking fitness coach, tells us how to hold our shoulders properly, and gives us some tips for doing so.

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.  

Use your whole foot: you should feel the foot rolling from the heel right through to the toes.

Find your rhythm to enjoy walking even more!

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 5 and 8 kph.

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 can start with 20 to 30 minutes of fitness walking, and up to an hour if you are following a specific training programme.