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5 Things When Walking for Exercise

Walking is just walking. Walking for fitness and/or weight loss is an altogether different story as you'll be putting a little more emphasis on how you move so you get the best results from your walk. Here are five tips to keep in mind to make sure your form is correct and that you're getting the most from your fitness walk:

  1. Swing your arms as you walk.
  2. Walk with your head up, and make sure your back is straight.
  3. Keep your abdomen flat.
  4. Point your toes straight ahead.
  5. Walk with a long, easy stride that doesn't strain you.

Have anything to add? Share your fitness walking tips below.


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kia kia 8 years
have fun with it and plan some scenic walks on the weekend to look forward to
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I don't care if I look stupid, if swinging my arms burns more calories I'm doing it.
Bisque Bisque 8 years
I try to swing my arms but for some reason when I get into stride, one arm doesn't swing anymore. It's the same arm too and I don't know what's up with that XD.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Mix it up with hills!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Mix it up with hills!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I usually do all of those things but they are awesome reminders. I love going for a long walk after a stressful day at work.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
I swing my arms b/c I am hoping it is propelling me forward and making it that much easier/over faster :)
The-FBGs The-FBGs 8 years
For outdoor walks, I recommend bringing an energetic dog. Mine helps me keep a good, strong pace the entire time.
melda melda 8 years
I swing my arms just because I hope it burns more calories! Does it? And I try to keep my head up but I forget and keep reading console!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
But it looks crazy.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
But it looks crazy.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Thanks Fit! Almost no one knows they should bend and swing their arms when they walk, like in the photo. It is supposed to be beneficial for the nervous system.
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