Why racewalk?

By harnessing the jump rope technique, you can walk faster than you ever thought with less chance of injury, than if you were running or even walking as you do now. Racewalking is a sport for a lifetime, for all ages and body types. It is an excellent cardiovascular fitness sport and an exciting competitive sport People choose to get involved with racewalking because: it maximizes the walking workout as it uses all the major muscle groups in the body, is challenging physically & mentally, can be done almost anywhere, anytime. With proper instruction the technique is relatively easy to learn, feels good and is fun. Other benefits associated with racewalking include:
•    Be less injury prone
•    Exercise more major muscle groups
•    Strengthen bones & connective tissue (swimming and cycling are great endurance sports but are not weight      bearing
•    Burn more calories
•    Build upper body strength
•    Promote muscular balance
•    Increase muscle coordination
•    Improve flexibility

Getting Started
Start slowly. Learn the proper technique for racewalking. Find someone to teach you proper technique at the beginning, so you don’t have to unlearn bad habits. Walk at a level that is comfortable for you, perhaps by walking for 15 minutes, after warmup, three times weekly. Work hard enough to get your body warm, but don’t try to keep up with someone else’s level. Do not confuse poor technique with walking style. Focus should be on form or technique, don’t worry about speed. Walk tall, spine straight, head up, shoulders relaxed, chest lifted and open. Walk so that your heel touches the ground just in front of your body: Roll heel to toe. Don’t over stride. Over striding is a breaking action which is hard on the knees, may strain muscles, and interferes with hip action. A shorter stride will, eventually, allow you to move ahead more rapidly. One rule of racewalking is that your leg must be straight at the time of contact until it passes under the body. Do not force the knee straight, just contact the ground with the back of your heel. The straightening of the knee means your body weight is being supported by your bones; whereas, when bent, the leg muscles are doing the work. Bend your arms at an 85-degree angle and keep constant, pumping loosely from the shoulders.

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