START EXERCISING: NOW MUCH EASIER WITH POWER WALKING!

Did you stop exercising due to a lack of time or an injury? Do you want to slowly ease back into exercising? Safely get back on track with power walking: this full-body exercise is accessible to everyone and easy on the joints.

GETTING BACK INTO SPORT: MUCH EASIER WITH FITNESS WALKING!

Active walking, the ideal activity for taking up sport again

For getting back into outdoor sports, fitness walking has a number of benefits. It is accessible to people of all levels of fitness and requires limited equipment, just a suitable pair of shoes to start. You can walk whenever and wherever you want and pace yourself according to how you feel and the goals you want to achieve.

You can achieve all this without any risk to your health as Dr Bacquaert, a sports and sports health consultant, points out. "During fitness walking, the strain placed on the joints is relatively weak when propelling the body forwards, because when we walk, there is always one foot on the ground!"

A GENTLE AND GRADUAL WAY OF GETTING BACK IN SHAPE WITH FITNESS WALKING

consult your doctor to make sure that you are capable of getting back into sport;

make sure that you warm up properly by walking for several minutes at a relaxed pace;

never force your body: gradually increase your speed until you reach fitness walking pace;

at the end of the session, return to your natural pace for a few minutes. Relax, breathe deeply and drink to avoid any stiffness.

Fitness walking: rapid and motivating progress

Rest assured: the effect of this method of gently getting back into sport is not without consequence on your body and your health!

According to Dr Bacquaert, "at a speed of between 5 and 6 km/h, you will be making significant progress. This will increase well-being and exercise the whole body by toning the leg muscles, abs, arm muscles and the muscles that support the spine".

In addition to maintaining your physical condition, the benefits of fitness walking can also be felt on your morale, self-confidence and even your heart!

Simply walking fast over an extended period contributes to strengthening your cardiac capacity: you will breathe more effectively and your body will adapt naturally to the extra effort. Isn't that motivating?

GETTING BACK INTO SPORT: MUCH EASIER WITH FITNESS WALKING!

THE IMPORTANCE OF WALKING AT A FITNESS WALKING PACE… BEFORE RUNNING!

As a comprehensive endurance activity, fitness walking is a good preparation for getting back into other sporting activities such as cycling, swimming and, of course, running.

WHY?Because excess kilos are the enemy of runners! Fitness walking combined with a healthier diet can help if you are slightly overweight and prevent you from damaging your joints if you are starting running after a long break of no sport at all.

A last tip before you reach for your walking shoes? "If you are feeling any pain, fatigue or cramps, stop", recommends Dr Bacquaert, "breathe and drink plenty of water to rehydrate yourself".

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