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How to Racewalk

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Racewalking involves a higher rate of muscle activity than jogging.
Racewalking involves a higher rate of muscle activity than jogging.
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If you're tired of freestyle walking programs, you may be interested in accelerating your program by learning how to racewalk. Perhaps you want more of an aerobic workout. Or you want to pick up speed. Or maybe you're craving competition. If so, learning to racewalk may be a natural next step for you.

By using the technique of racewalking, you'll be able to move faster and raise your heart rate well into the target range, even if you are already quite fit.

Racewalking can maximize your walking workout. Here's why: At racewalking speeds of five miles per hour or more, it is actually more efficient for your body to jog than to walk.

You can experience this for yourself. Try walking as fast as you can, and you'll feel your body aching to jog. In order to continue walking and not break into a jog, you have to keep one foot on the ground at all times. You can't use that gliding motion -- when both feet are off the ground -- that allows joggers to cover more distance with each step. So in order to cover the same distance, you have to take more steps than you would if you were jogging.

This article describes the advantages of racewalking, proper racewalking form, and more. Get started by learning more about the benefits of racewalking in the next section.

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