What's sport walking ?

Sport walking: an endurance sport which has something for everyone!

Sport walking, also called power walking or speed walking, is a sport where you walk faster than you normally would in your day-to-day activities. Therefore you have to work on your breathing and endurance, and you exercise almost every muscle in your body. Unlike everyday walking, which you do unconsciously, sport walking is done voluntarily and at an accelerated rhythm.

This sport, unlike hiking, is done on flat surfaces and therefore primarily in urban environments: in parks, on seawalls, in stadiums or even on running machines. Sport walking can be done at variable speeds according to your personal objectives. Walking speed can therefore vary between 5 and 10kmph (around 3-6mph).Sport walkers carry out sessions that last between half an hour and several hours. How often you walk also depends on the objectives you have set for yourself; some sport walkers go out up to several times a week. 

What's the point of sport walking? sport walkers have two main objectives:

  • to feel good about their body and stay in shape.
  • to participate in competitions.

The first objective allows walkers to get out and about in the fresh air and look after their body and their health. Walkers with this objective in mind might go for a long walk at a moderate speed in the evening or at the weekend in order to get some fresh air and stay in shape.

The second objective requires a more extensive workout: you walk on a regular basis at a faster speed in order to burn calories, exert yourself, build up your muscles and especially, take pride in the fact that you are surpassing yourself and performing to the very best of your abilities! 

What are the advantages of sport walking?

One of the main advantages of sport walking is that it can be done almost anywhere, any time, and doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment: just get yourself some suitable shoes and you're away! 

In terms of your body and health, fitness walking is a valuable physical activity as it works out many different muscles in your body. It has all the advantages of other sports such as running or cycling: preventing diabetes and heart disease, burning calories etc. Walking has fewer drawbacks and more advantages than other sports too, as it is low-impact and accessible to everyone: effectively it's one of sports that is easiest on the body and your joints in particular, and your risk of injury is lowered.

With almost 300 calories burnt during an hour's walk at an average speed of 6.5kmph (4mph), walking allows you to stay in shape, and if you want to burn even more calories, you just have to speed up: 380 calories/hour when you go over 8kmph (5mph)*! In order to give you an idea of what this represents, it is the equivalent of the number of calories burnt when you run at the same speed or participate in a one-hour fast dance or aerobics lesson at the gym! All you need to do now is make yourself a training schedule!

Choosing the right equipment for sport walking 

When you go sport walking, your foot goes through three different phases


In sport walking, the movements are more intense than in everyday walking. Your gait is more forceful and you take long, quick strides. When you step forward, the heel strike needs cushioning to absorb the impact of your heel hitting the ground. You will also notice a slight force pulling your foot backwards due to the speed. Finally, your foot moves through the heel-to-toe transition while staying in permanent contact with the ground, and makes a sort of diagonal movement, from the heel through to the big toe, which pushes off again. Therefore you need stability all along the length of your shoe's sole. The requirements for sport walking are different from other sports, such as running for example.

In order to meet each specific requirement for this sport, Newfeel constantly studies its sport walking users' needs with the aim of offering you innovative and adapted techniques that provide you with increased sensations and pleasure, and which help improve your performances when you go sport walking. Our brand designs men's and women's sport walking shoes that are perfectly adapted to your needs.

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*Depending on your body type.



Do you want to start or get back into sport? There are plenty of sports and exercise activities out there, but sometimes you may worry that you are too out of shape, that they will be too much for you, or that you will run out of breath or motivation. So why not give fitness walking a try? We walk every day without thinking about it and we may think we know everything there is to know about this almost innate activity. But how about if you picked up the pace over a long period?


Would you like to lose a few pounds, but the needle on your scales isn't swinging in the right direction? Charles Aisenberg, sports doctor at the INSEP (French National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance), recommends fitness walking for those looking to feel better about their body.Forget about the fuss of fad diets and walk your way to weight loss instead!

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While your feet come in all shapes and sizes, special fitness walking shoes are difficult to find. Newfeel's engineers and designers have worked with scientists to study the movement of your foot while walking quickly. The resulting product provides you with everything you need.