Active walking: what is it?

 Active walking: what is it?


Walking is good for health. So, if you're looking for an easy-to-train exercise activity, why not turn to active walking, also called brisk walking or athletic walking? In this article, we invite you to explore in more detail this steadily practiced walk that has many advantages, especially for the elderly.



Introduction to active walking

Halfway between walking and running, active walking is a sport that consists simply of walking, but at a more steady, more steady pace, than that adopted for daily travel or while walking. Therefore, it is an endurance sport that you can practice both in the city and the countryside and works to activate the heart and lungs as well as the muscles.


How is it practiced?

Active walking does not require a club membership or expensive equipment. Here's what you need to practice:


You need a good pair of walking shoes. It is necessary for your convenience. Choose a low profile. It should be light and padded. It is important that you choose them well according to your foot. Feel free to buy it in a specialized store to take advantage of the seller's advice, but also to be able to try it beforehand.


You can also equip yourself with technical socks made of breathable fabric to reduce the sweat or pain associated with rubbing shoes.


Comfortable clothing is also essential. To choose, you can turn to clothes designed for running, as they are designed to wick away sweat. Feel free to layer the layers so that it is not cold at the beginning of the walk and that you can remove some as the temperature rises.


In the summer, remember to bring something to cover your head.

Active walking is practiced on flat ground, but it is better to choose a place that will inspire you. The speed generally ranges between 5 and 9 km/h. This sport can be practiced daily or every other day for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on your availability.


The health benefits of brisk walking

Active walking is a physical activity that offers many benefits for the body and mind. Here is the reason:


It is a gentle sport where the risk of injury is reduced.

It helps to slim the body and stimulates the various muscles of the body. The silhouette is improved and the muscles are strengthened.


Like any endurance sport, it prevents the risks associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The heart function is thus improved and resistance to exertion is facilitated.

Aside from cardiac functions, respiratory capabilities are also improved.

It also helps fight stress thanks to the release of endorphins.

It allows to remove toxins from the body.


After a good walk, you will no doubt sleep better!

Finally, during active walking, you consume calories. So it is a weight loss solution. In fact, by walking for an hour at a speed of 6.5 km / h, you will lose about 300 calories.


Introduction to active walking

Halfway between walking and running, active walking is a sport that consists simply of walking, but at a more steady, more steady pace, than that adopted for daily travel or while walking. Therefore, it is an endurance sport that you can practice both in the city and the countryside and works to activate the heart and lungs as well as the muscles.


How is it practiced?

Active walking does not require a club membership or expensive equipment. Here's what you need to practice:


You need a good pair of walking shoes. It is necessary for your convenience. Choose a low profile. It should be light and padded. It is important that you choose them well according to your foot. Feel free to buy it in a specialized store to take advantage of the seller's advice, but also to be able to try it beforehand.


You can also equip yourself with technical socks made of breathable fabric to reduce the sweat or pain associated with rubbing shoes.


Comfortable clothing is also essential. To choose, you can turn to clothes designed for running, as they are designed to wick away sweat. Feel free to layer the layers so that it is not cold at the beginning of the walk and that you can remove some as the temperature rises.


In the summer, remember to bring something to cover your head.

Active walking is practiced on flat ground, but it is better to choose a place that will inspire you. The speed generally ranges between 5 and 9 km/h. This sport can be practiced daily or every other day for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on your availability.


The health benefits of brisk walking

Active walking is a physical activity that offers many benefits for the body and mind. Here is the reason:


  • It is a gentle sport where the risk of injury is reduced.
  • It helps to slim the body and stimulates the various muscles of the body. The silhouette is improved and the muscles are strengthened.
  • Like any endurance sport, it prevents the risks associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The heart function is thus improved and resistance to exertion is facilitated.
  • Aside from cardiac functions, respiratory capabilities are also improved.
  • It also helps fight stress thanks to the release of endorphins.
  • It allows to remove toxins from the body.


After a good walk, you will no doubt sleep better!

Finally, during active walking, you consume calories. So it is a weight loss solution. In fact, by walking for an hour at a speed of 6.5 km / h, you will lose about 300 calories.

The fast walking


Comment faire de la marche active chez soi?

While active walking can be done outdoors, you can also do it at home. In fact, when it's raining or snowing, when it's cold and the streets and roads are slippery, you don't always want to go outside and it's not always safe to do so. But that's no excuse for not doing brisk walking on a regular basis! In fact, when you can't go out, you can always practice it at home.


Then you can choose between two solutions:

  • walk in place
  • Use a treadmill.

The treadmill option will still be more effective than the previous one, but if you do not have a treadmill and do not want to buy one, the first option will suffice as it helps maintain a very high heart rate. In this case, be sure to maintain good posture.


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