What is fitness walking?

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Fitness walking: an endurance sport for all!

In fitness walking, also known as power walking, you walk faster than in normal everyday walking.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. And unlike hikers, fitness walkers practise on a flat terrain, usually in an urban environment: parks, quays, stadiums, or even a treadmill. 

Unlike hikers, fitness walkers practise on a flat terrain, usually in an urban environment: parks, quays, stadiums, or even a treadmill. The pace is fast for fitness walking, but depends on each individual goal. The 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 personal goals, but can be up to several times a week. Watch a video and learn about fitness walking:

Why fitness walking?

2 main goals for walkers:~• feel good and stay in shape.~• performance.

The walker's first goal 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 goal requires more regular practise: you walk regularly and at a fast pace to burn calories, exert yourself, gain muscle tone and feel proud you have pushed yourself!

The advantages 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 off!

For your body and your health, fitness walking is a complete physical activity which works many of the muscles in the body. It has all the advantages of other sports, like running or cycling: prevention of diabetes or heart disease, burning energy… without the disadvantages, plus the added advantages of walking - gentle and open to all: in fact, it is one of the least damaging sports for the body and your joints. The risk of injury is limited. 

But with nearly 300 calories burnt for one hour of walking at an average of 6.5 km/hour, walking is the best way to stay in shape...and you can burn even more calories if you go faster: 380 calories/hour over 8 km/hour*! To give you an idea what that means, it's the same number of calories burnt when running at the same speed for an hour, or rapid dance or aerobics in a gym! Discover 5 good reasons to practise fitness walking.

Get 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. Then your foot rolls through, staying in permanent contact with the ground. It is a diagonal line, going from the heel to the push off with the big toe. 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 learn more, read the article: Are my foot's needs the same for walking and running?

To meet the special needs of this sport, Newfeel studies fitness walker's needs to create innovative, suitable and technical shoes to make sure you take pleasure when you are fitness walking. 

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