DISCOVERING FITNESS WALKING: A SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE SPORT

In fitness walking, also known as power walking, you walk faster than in normal everyday walking.

Fitness walking: a simple and effective sport

As a result, you work your breathing, endurance and almost every muscle in the body. Unlike everyday walking, often an unconscious action, fitness walking requires conscious action at a fast pace.

AN ENDURANCE SPORT FOR ALL!

Unlike hiking, this sport is practised on flat terrain, primarily in urban environments: parks, embankments, athletics tracks or even on a treadmill.

The pace is fast for fitness walking, but depends on each individual goal. The walking speed ranges from 5 to 10 km/hour.

A fitness walking session can last from 30 minutes to several hours. The frequency also depends on one's personal objectives, but can be up to several times a week.

 

Check out a video about fitness walking:

WHY PRACTISE FITNESS WALKING?

Walkers have 2 main objectives:

• feel good and stay in shape.~• performance.

 

The walker's first objective is to get some fresh air and look after their body to stay healthy. If that's your goal, you will go for a long walk at a moderate pace in the evening, or on Sundays, to get some fresh air and stay in shape. The second objective requires a more sustained exercise regime involving regular walks at a fast pace to burn calories, exert yourself, strengthen the muscles and feel the pride of surpassing yourself!

THE BENEFITS OF FITNESS WALKING?

Some of the main advantages of fitness walking: you can do it practically anywhere, all the time and with a low investment in gear: the right shoes and you're ready to go!

 

For your body and your health, fitness walking is a complete physical activity that exercises many of the muscles in the body. It has all the benefits of other sports like running and cycling: preventing diabetes and heart disease, burning energy, etc.

Walking has fewer drawbacks and more benefits, given that it is a low-impact sport that everyone can enjoy: indeed, it is one of the least damaging sports for the body and your joints. The risk of injury is minimal. 



Yet, with nearly 300 calories burnt for every hour of walking at an average of 6.5 km/hour, walking is the best way to stay in shape. What's more, you can burn off even more calories if you go faster: 380 calories/hour over 8 km/hour*!

To give you an idea what this represents, it's equivalent to the amount of calories burnt when running at the same speed or dancing at a fast pace for 1 hour or doing aerobics in a gym! Check out the 5 good reasons to practise fitness walking.

GETTING THE RIGHT GEAR FOR FITNESS WALKING 

When you practise fitness walking, your feet go through 3 phases: 

The movements are accentuated in fitness walking. The action is supple and the stride is long and fast. When your foot hits the ground when you make a step, you need shock absorption for your heel. You will also notice that the back of your foot recoils slightly, 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. This means you need stability along the entire length of the sole of your shoe. Your foot's needs for fitness walking and other sports are not the same.

To find out more, read the following article: Are the needs of my feet the same for walking and running?

To fulfil the specific requirements of this sport, Newfeel studies the needs of users to create innovative, high-tech shoes that are engineered for fitness walking and more enjoyable to wear during your fitness walking sessions.