How to walk faster

Have you decided to speed up in order to experience the new sensation of fitness walking? Check out some techniques for improving your fitness walking and stepping up the pace in the company of the athlete Emmanuel Lassalle. Add some zip to your outings!

In fitness walking, there is no good or bad pace. What matters is that it is a pace that suits you, because every mile counts. Nevertheless, learning to walk more quickly will make you stronger, help you lose weight more quickly and will consolidate your cardiovascular capacity. Going faster is exhilarating. It will increase your enjoyment of fitness walking.



Accelerations in fitness walking are quite different from those experienced when running. They break the monotony of a walk lasting for hours on end and help you stay motivated. In order to explore these sensations, certain techniques can be used to improve. You will need to use fitness walking techniques: the movement of the feet and the movement of the arms.

Remember to maintain a good posture and not to lean forwards. This could hinder your breathing and give you a stitch, which can be very uncomfortable!

There are two ways to go faster using your legs.

• Increase your stride frequency

Carefully unroll your foot, increase your stride frequency and push harder on your toes to propel yourself forward with more power. 

Note:  the front leg will work harder than usual, so it's important to warm it up. Begin your session with a natural walking stride for a few minutes, then walk on your heels for a few metres.This will ensure that your hamstring can keep up with the pace. If your shins are aching, stretch them using this hamstring stretching exercise.

• Increase your stride length

By lengthening your stride, you will be quickly surprised! This technique puts added pressure on your heart, so if you feel breathless when you lengthen your stride, return to a stride that suits you better.

In order to increase your stride length, make use of your hips. They must remain stable and continue the movement made by your legs. Using this technique, you will also strengthen the muscles of your buttocks and the rear of your thighs more quickly.

Fitness walking also uses the arms to speed up.

Whether you decide to speed up by increasing your stride frequency or your stride length, your arm movements are still a key factor.

If you are increasing the frequency of your stride, the arms must move at the same pace as your legs. Concentrate to make sure your limbs are properly synchronised.

If you decide to lengthen your stride, straighten your arms and stretch them out behind you to accompany your acceleration. This sweeping movement will strengthen the muscles of your pectoral muscles as well as those of your back, which you will need to stretch at the end of the session!

Try interval training

Interval training involves alternating quick fitness walking phases, with slower phases. If you are already capable of walking for one hour without stopping, then you can include 3 to 4 five-minute phases of accelerated walking. This will improve your endurance. Little by little, you will notice you are able to walk more quickly, for longer and without becoming breathless!

Incorporate these periods of acceleration as and when you want because you will only enjoy walking more quickly if you want it. This is the ideal exercise for toning your leg as well as your arm muscles. Above all, if you feel breathless… Slow down or take the opportunity to do some stretching exercises!

Rate your progress in a training log? Checking your progress by monitoring your exercise in a notebook or using a smartphone application is a good way of staying motivated!