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Add structure and variety to your walks with specific programs and 60 workouts to use on your path to improved fitness and health. Fitness Walking offers a full menu of walks from which you can choose the duration, distance, speed, and nature of the walk you prefer each day while staying on track to meet your overall fitness goals.
In addition to the specially designed walks, you’ll find clear-cut training advice, instructions for creating your own walking schedule, and useful tips from one of America’s foremost authorities on the topic. Fitness Walking is like having a personal trainer striding alongside you every step of the way. It’s the best way to ensure you get the physical benefits and enjoyment you deserve out of every trek you take.
Part I The Essentials
Chapter 1. Fitness Check
Chapter 2. Walking Technique
Chapter 3. Apparel and Gear
Chapter 4. Training Guidelines
Chapter 5. Supplemental Routines and Activities
Part II The Workouts
Chapter 6. Short and Easy Workouts
Chapter 7. Medium and Steady Workouts
Chapter 8. Medium and Quicker Workouts
Chapter 9. Short and Fast Workouts
Chapter 10. Long and Steady Workouts
Part III The Programs
Chapter 11. Walking Programs
Chapter 12. Cross-Training Walking Programs
Chapter 13. Program Customization
Therese Iknoian, MS, is an exercise physiologist, former nationally ranked race walker, and internationally published freelance health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in Trail Runner, Men's Health, Fitness, Women's Day, Shape, and Parenting, among others. She is also the cofounder and coeditor of the GearTrends Network with a Web site (GearTrends.com), trade magazines, and a news service (SNEWS) specializing in the outdoor, fitness, and sports markets.
As a race walker, Iknoian won numerous awards, including two silver medals at the 1993 and 1994 National Masters Track & Field Championships. In 1994, she broke the world record for her age group in the indoor 3-kilometer racewalk.
Iknoian has authored two books on walking, Fitness Walking and Walking Fast, and has developed walking and fitness programs for several international companies, including Polar, Nike, and Star Trac. She is a gold-certified instructor by the American Council on Exercise and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a health and fitness instructor. She is a member of the IDEA association for fitness professionals and has been a featured presenter at past conventions.
Iknoian lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California with her husband and fellow journalist, Michael Hodgson.
"Filled to the brim with 60 different workouts, 12 complete 4-week schedules, and step-by-step instructions on creating your own program. A must-have for the dedicated walker."
Fitness editor, SHAPE Magazine
“Without question, this book is a must for anyone interested in walking as a fitness activity. It provides solid, easy-to-understand information and advice regarding many aspects of fitness walking, including detailed guidelines on proper walking technique and walking workouts to accommodate any person. Fitness Walking, Second Edition, is another excellent book from one of the foremost authorities on the topic.”
Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM
Chief exercise physiologist and vice president of educational services