MTR HONG KONG Race Walking
Race Walking is simple and convenient to do and can be easily integrated into one's daily routine. It is good for health and suitable for people of all ages.
The MTR Corporation has been encouraging people to become more physically active by promoting the health benefits of walking. Since 2005, the Corporation has been joining hands with the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) to organise the MTR HONG KONG Race Walking competition, the biggest event of its kind in the Hong Kong SAR.
What is Race Walking?
Race Walking is developed from normal walking. Athletes are required to keep at least one foot on the ground at all times while the advancing leg should be straight when the heel hits the ground. Race Walking develops an athlete's body coordination and endurance. It is a low impact sport when compared to running, with a lower possibility of joint injuries, making it suitable for the general public to enjoy.
Benefits of Race Walking
Race Walking is simple and convenient to do - all you need is a pair of sports shoes, simple sports wear and a flat area. No special equipment is required. Race Walking also has the following health benefits:
- It burns calories and helps maintain a healthy body weight
- It improves cardiopulmonary function
- It helps build up and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
- It improves body coordination and flexibility