In this video, discover the different components of a power walking session to use as a template for your outings.
Now you know how to plan a power walking session, take a look at the other videos in our series to learn how to further prepare for your training.
Learn about the different elements of a power walking session to get the most out of your training. Warming up before your walk and stretching afterwards will help you to reap all the benefits of your power walking session without hurting yourself.
Voice-over: Will Davies
A Typical Power Walking Session
In this video, we will show you a typical power walking session. You can use this template as inspiration for planning your own sessions.
A session usually lasts from 1 to 2.5 hours, and is divided into three essential parts: warming up, the walk itself, and stretching.
Let's begin with the warm up.
Before starting, test every joint in your body, from your head to your toes.
By waking up your body, you can make sure that everything is alright.
You can then move on to the proper warm up. Take 15 minutes to do exercises that will warm up your legs, arms, hips, chest, and so on.
We recommend you watch our warm up videos to learn about the right movements.
The warm up progressively prepares your body for physical effort and helps you get in the right state of mind.
Now let's look at the walk itself.
Start walking as calmly as possible for approximately 10 minutes.
This will help bring your body to it's training temperature.
You can then accelerate to reach your cruising speed.
To stay properly hydrated, drink a mouthful of water approximately every 15 minutes.
Finally, the stretching.
Once you have reached the end of your route, take off your gear and wait a couple of minutes for your heart rate to go down. After that, you can start stretching.
The goal here is to relax the muscles that you used during the walk
We recommend you watch our stretching videos to learn about the right exercises to do.
If you're having difficulty stretching, do not force yourself. Walk for around 15 minutes at the end of the day and stretch then.
Now that you know what happens during a power walking session , why not go and try it yourself?