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    Good Form Walking

    Good Form Walking

    What is Good Walking Form?

    Most of us have been walking for years if not decades but to improve efficiency and decrease risk for injury when walking with purpose or for exercise there is just a little bit more than putting one foot in front of the other. Include these three points to see how far your feet will take you.

    Posture includes keeping your head level and eyes looking forward. Arms and shoulders should be relaxed and arms should be at your sides at a 90 degree angle. Feet should be pointing straight ahead.

    Landing includes making sure your feet land softly using a soft heel roll. Walk with a quicker cadence to make sure you aren’t landing on your heel.

    Lean involves using gravity to pull you forward. Lean forward from the ankles, not the waist.

    Good Form Walking in Three Steps

    Walking healthier, easier and faster is what every walker strives for. Focusing on proper mechanics, GFW helps walkers of all ages and abilities achieve these goals.


    • Head level, eyes looking forward.
    • Stretch and reach to the sky, elongating spine.
    • Relax arms to sides at a 90 degree angle.
    • Keep arms & shoulders relaxed.
    • Use compact arm swings, avoid crossing the body's center line.
    • Knees soft.
    • Feet straight ahead.


    • Walk lightly, avoid pounding.
    • Foot lands softly and closely under hip line.
    • A quicker cadence promotes shorter stride length.
    • Soft heel roll to midfoot promotes a balanced walking position, minimizing braking and friction.


    • Use gravity to help generate forward momentum.
    • Slight lean from the ankles without bending at the waist.
    • Reset posture, then lean tall into your walk.




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