Quelle est la différence entre la marche de tous les jours et celle du marcheur sportif ? Le mouvement du pied ! La première est réalisée de manière inconsciente alors qu’elle est totalement maîtrisée chez le second.
With ower walking, moving your foot correctly is essential for building muscle without injury. Lace up your power walking shoes and take your "first steps"!
Knowing how to "walk actively"
Despite its gentle rhythm, power walking demands a lot of effort from your body. When you move around, you transfer your weight from one foot to another. The technique used by power walkers is based around this movement of the foot that enables them to support their own weight, without being weighed down by it. A very subtle but important distinction!
To protect your joints, you must ensure that this weight transfer is shared between the foot that comes into contact with the ground and the one propelling you forward through the toes.
Roll the foot from heel to toe
The goal is to achieve a wider movement by rolling your foot along its whole length: from the heel to the toes.
Practically speaking, you should feel the toes of your left foot push off from the ground as the heel of your right foot makes contact with the ground.
1 - Place your heel correctly
Place your heel flat on the ground, gently. The impact with the ground is therefore cushioned and spread over a larger surface area. This also protects the joints of your foot. In fact, the risk of injury are multiplied when you press your stride into the ground with all of your weight.
The correct stride, especially the correctly placed heel, will enable you to walk more lightly!
2 - Roll your foot
Once your heel is on the ground, unroll your foot entirely so that you can feel all of your joints moving fluidly.
This specific method of power walking cushions the impact of your feet on the ground which in turn can also affect your knees, hips and back. Listen to your body and adjust your stride.
3 - Propel yourself forward using your toes!
Now that your foot is flat, it is time to "push off the ground" energetically using your toes.
- Our advice: achieving this movement is not always intuitive, so imagine that you want to show a person behind you the soles of your shoes!
Most importantly, do not skip over this propulsion stage, as this is what will push you forward and give you more power and walking speed. By perfectly controlling this movement, you will work the muscles of the feet, legs, thighs and buttocks.
Now you know; learning how to walk well takes practice!Indeed it is a prerequisite for a light and well-paced stride, perfectly coordinated with the movement of your arms.
Have you mastered this first step? Share your first experiences of power walking and give us some of your top tips!