Walking faster will save you time, reduce your need for using public transport and will improve your health.
There are 2 things to remember when increasing walking pace:
- Increase stride length
- Increase step frequency
This way, you will go further per step and you will take more steps per second.
Some Additional Tips:
It is important to remember if you want to walk quickly, begin by walking slowly (the same speed as though you were walking through a building). Slowly increase your speed (over about 10 minutes). This way you will incorporate the ‘warming up’ stage of exercise in the first few minutes of your journey so that you do not waste any more time than is necessary. You will be able to attain a higher top speed if you carry out this stage instead of cramping up when you force yourself to stretch your muscles beyond what they are capable of.
Carry out some simple leg stretches every day to remain supple and therefore cut down time spent in the ‘warming up’ phase.
The following diagram shows the process visually. The arrow with the red outline denotes preliminary preparation (not to be done before beginning the journey):