4 Tips for Faster Walking Technique
- Stand tall. No slouch in the shoulders, forward lean from the waist, or excess sway in your back. CUE: Keep your eyes on the horizon.
- Focus on quicker, not longer steps. Yes, your stride does get longer as you walk faster, but that's shouldn't be your goal; let it happen naturally. Instead really concentrate on taking faster steps. CUE: Count how many steps you take in a minute; shoot for over 135.
- Bend your arms. Bend our elbows at a right angle so your arms can swing more quickly; target a quick, compact arm swing. CUE: Hands should trace an arc from rubbing waistband at your hip on the back swing, to chest height (no higher) in the front.
- Push off of your toes. Consciously push off the toes and generate as much boost at the end of each step. CUE: Feel like you're showing someone behind you the bottom of your shoe on every step.