DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WALKING, HIKING AND RUNNING

EACH SPORT REQUIRES A PAIR OF SHOES THAT IS SUITED TO THE MOVEMENT OF YOUR FOOT. CHECK OUT THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WALKING, HIKING AND RUNNING HERE.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WALKING, HIKING AND RUNNING

COMMON FEATURES

Fitness walking and hiking have one main point in common: they both involve walking, hence at least one foot is always in contact with the ground. This is the difference with running, which involves a flight phase, where you propel yourself forward with one foot and land on the other foot.

Given that the foot leaves the ground when running, you need good cushioning to absorb the shock experienced by your heel as it strikes the ground. Indeed, that's why fitness walking shoes have a different design: they need less cushioning, because the impact is less intense than when running, but they must conform better to the roll-through of the foot and be more flexible. 

 

DIFFERENT FEATURES

Between fitness walking and hiking, the difference is the walking surface. Hiking is practised on uneven terrain that frequently includes slopes (mountains). Hiking trainers therefore need grip and protection for the foot.

As for Fitness walking trainers for men or women, they must be lightweight and flexible in order to facilitate the specific roll-through of the foot.

In addition to trainers, Nordic walking poles may also be purchased if needed: the latter are specifically designed to further reduce the microtrauma experienced when walking and exercise the upper body.