WHY WALKACTIVE

Do I Really Need to Learn to Walk?

There are many factors that can rob us of correct walking and movement patterns, but the main ones are:

  • The ageing process
  • Busy, yet increasingly sedentary lifestyles
  • Stress

This can lead to underworked and overworked muscle groups, resulting in back pain, poor posture and joint discomfort. Learning how to walk effectively will help you, whether you are looking to get more out of your commute to work, more out of your weekend activities, or just looking to find an exercise programme that will transform your body shape.

WalkActive will help you look better, feel better and perform better – all through walking.

How Can I Correct My Walk?

WalkActive is an active educational process that will engage your muscles to move with correct postural alignment, so that every step you take is effective and productive. WalkActive teaches you to use the right muscles in the right way at the right time and in the right sequence so that your movement is smoother and more efficient.

The results are dramatic, sustainable & lasting: improving posture, reducing joint impact, increasing fitness & impressively streamlining the body. Correcting your walk will transform your body.

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND WALKACTIVE

WalkActive is a scientifically verified* effective walking system that can transform your body more than regular walking. The following summary details the science behind WalkActive.

The Study

The WalkActive effective walking system was developed by Joanna Hall, MSc Sports Science.

Joanna knew from her clients just how revolutionary WalkActive had been in their lives, from shape change, to pain relief and reduction in medication, so it was important to have a scientific study to validate the many positive anecdotes that WalkActive clients had experienced over
the years.

The WalkActive technique was studied and evaluated at London South Bank University in 2014. The research was led by Dr. Darren James who is an expert in health and walking. From thousands of submissions, 24 participants, whose only physical activity amounted to leisurely walking, were chosen to follow a 28-day WalkActive plan. Their responses were compared with a control group, who were matched for baseline physical activity and received no training and were asked not to alter their lifestyle.

The Results

Dr Darren James explained: “The results of the study showed that walking speed increased in the Walkactive group by 23%. All of these participants reported that their level of physical activity had increased since taking part in the study, whereas none of the control group reported this. 96% of Walkactive participants reported that their general wellbeing had improved since starting the study, as opposed to 0% in the control group.”

As a result of the 28-day plan, significant reductions were found in body mass (2%), estimated body fat percentage (3%), and in the skinfold measurement at the waist (15%). Participants walked taller following the 28-day plan: their centre of mass vertical displacement was significantly greater than pre-intervention measurements as a result of improved posture and skeletal alignment. Correspondingly, ground forces during the single-limb support phase of walking were significantly lower, causing noticeable reductions in the force experienced at the knee and ankle joints.

The Summary

Improves Posture

Scientifically verified to improve your posture, directly impacting how you look and feel.

Reduces Joint Stress

WalkActive significantly reduces joint stress at the knee and ankle. When physical stress is not correctly distributed to the muscles and ligaments, the body works less efficiently which contributes to joint discomfort, specifically at the knee, lower back and shoulders.

Trims Waistline

The scientific study found WalkActive was particularly effective at trimming the waistline due to specific standing and walking exercises that create a more streamlined torso.

Increases Speed

The study reported the Walkactive technique to increase average walking speed by up to 24% over a 4 week period.

WalkActive Science
Testing WalkActive at London South Bank University, 2008