What is power walking?


Power walking is walking at an increased pace. When you power walk you walk just short of a light jog. For some, power walking may be the equivalent of jogging for others. When you power walk your pump your arms and walk at a high intensity. This form of exercise will result with less of an impact than running and will provide more benefit than walking.

Power walking is an exaggerated form of regular walking where you sort of use your arms as propellers, so to speak.  This adds full range of motion and speed to the walking exercise.  For more intensity and resistance some people like to use hand weights or the kind of weights that can be strapped to your wrist or ankle.

Power walking is a great alternative to jogging or running.

Power walking is simply walking for exercise at a fast yet controllable speed. The point of power walking is to keep your heart rate elevated while keeping your joints safe. Power walking can be just as effective for weight loss as jogging can be while having less impact on your muscles and bones helping to prevent injury.

" Power walking " is walking using a natural gait with an exaggerated arm swing, at a rapid pace.  This is usually done at a speed of between 4 to 6 miles per hour.  When power walking one must have one foot on the ground at all times which is not true with jogging.  It is considered a low to moderate exercise program performed at 60 to 80 percent of the maximum heart rate.  If one can get their heart rate up to 80 percent of the maximum heart rate, power walking would be considered as efficient an exercise regime as jogging with less impact on the joints.  Power walkers should use correct posture, look forward, and swing the arms front to back.  Always keep your abs and buttocks tight with your back flat and pelvis tilted slightly forward.  It is best to take small, fast steps.  Walk in order to be breathing fast but not out of breath.  When performed correctly, power walking will tone the buttocks, thighs, hips, shoulders, upper back and abs. 

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