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Walk healthy.
Move happy.

Whether you're out for a stroll or hurrying to work, walking is an integral part of our everyday lives. Which is why we developed Good Form Walking - a program that teaches proper walking form to help keep you healthy, happy and moving.

Walking is a great form of exercise that almost anyone can do. It has many possible benefits, including:

  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Strengthens your muscles
  • Promotes weight loss by burning calories
  • Causes less stress on joints than higher impact activities
  • Can be done anywhere, at any time

Walking with the proper form can help you move more efficiently, prevent injuries and stress to the body and engage optimal body alignment — all things that help keep you walking for miles to come.

Good Form Walking

THE THREE PRINCIPLES

of Good Form Walking

Through extensive research and testing, we've uncovered three key areas of focus to make your gait more efficient.

1

Stride

Take shorter strides at a faster pace.

Over-striding can create stress on the joints and other inefficiencies in your walk. An ideal stride length is one that's comfortable, doesn't break your posture, and allows you to have a soft, unlocked knee.

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footstrike

Minimize impact, maximize your efficiency.

Land lightly on the center of your heel and transition forward smoothly through your mid-foot to toe-off, pushing off evenly from your toes.

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3

Posture

Walk with a long, tall spine.

Reaching above you pulls everything up tall, stacks your vertebrae, puts your pelvis underneath you, pulls your shoulders back and creates full-body alignment. Keep your chin up, your head level and your gaze forward.

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next steps

Practice, practice, practice

Once you've learned the basics, you'll want to practice them until they feel natural. Another great way to reinforce what you've learned is by finding a Good Form Walking clinic near you.

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Good Form Walking

FITNESS WALKING TIPS

of Good Form Walking

Once you've mastered the basics, here are some simple ways to help you get even more out of your walks.

  • Identify a specific walking route.
    Note the time it takes to complete the route. On your next walk, aim to complete your route faster.
  • Fuel up 1 hour before your walk.
    A light snack will help you burn fat and feel energized. Try: string cheese & fruit or a hard-boiled egg & crackers.
  • Add muscle strengthening exercises.
    During your walk, stop and do a few additional exercises like calf raises, squats, lunges and step-ups.
  • Find a set of stairs.
    Spending 5-8 minutes walking up and down stairs increases the heart rate and improves leg strength.
  • Add intermittent uphill walking.
    It's important to vary your terrain to optimize your cardiovascular fitness.
  • Make it social.
    Recruit a friend with similar goals to inspire each other for commitment and success.
  • Stay hydrated.
    Aim to drink 4-6 oz of water 30 minutes before heading out. Take a bottle with you.
  • Stretch before, during or after you walk.
    If your lower leg feels sore, try gently stretching the back of your calf muscle on an elevated surface, like a stair.
  • Track your progress.
    A simple heart rate monitor is a great way to track your heart rate and your progress going forward.
  • Vary your steps per minute.
    Increasing your walking speed at intervals improves cardiovascular fitness and promotes calorie burning.

Please note that all of these suggestions are optional as well as adaptable, depending on your individual comfort level.

Good Form Walking

THE STORY

of Good Form Walking

In an effort to provide our customers with information to help better their everyday body mechanics, New Balance developed the Good Form Walking program in collaboration with Playmakers — the developers of Good Form Running — good form expert Grant Robison, along with the NB Sports Research Lab, NB footwear engineers and fitness expert Holly Perkins.

Meet the Experts

Grant Robison

is a former competitive runner, a ten-time All-American and Olympian. Since retiring from competitive running, Grant has worked with the founders of Playmakers (an athletic retailer group based in Michigan) to develop Good Form Running and now Good Form Walking. After having spent a good part of his competitive career injured, Grant knows first-hand the value of having good form.

Holly Perkins

is a celebrity trainer and New Balance Fitness Ambassador. Holly has devoted her life to learning (and in turn, teaching) all about fitness, nutrition and general health. She's had many clients that are fitness walkers and the principles of Good Form Walking are what she's found to be the most mechanically efficient and effective way to walk.

FIND A GOOD FORM WALKING CLINIC

Another great way to reinforce what you've learned is by finding a Good Form Walking clinic near you

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FOOTWEAR

Designed to make walking excellent

Learning to walk with good form takes time and effort, and we want to make sure you have the right tools for the job. New Balance walking shoes are specifically developed with the walking gait in mind.

the1765

Superior Athletic Technology
The 1765 is the 2013 Official Shoe of Good Form Walking: learn why this technical fitness walker is our top walking shoe pick for 2013.

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the847

Motion Control & Stability
Featuring a breathable upper and comfortable yet supportive cushioning, the 847 will support your feet throughout your entire day.

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the895

Lightweight Comfort & Cushioning
The Superlight Superfresh 895 features REVlite cushioning technology designed for the ultimate in comfort and all-day wearability.

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the695

Lightweight Comfort & Cushioning
Inspired by the lightness and cushioning of clouds, the 695 is an innovative walking shoe designed for superior comfort and all-day wearability.

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