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What Are Your Preferred Hiking and Walking Styles?

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Below is a comprehensive list of distinct walking and hiking styles that I have identified to date. Most are self-explanatory. Which are your preferred styles?


Soft-soled or Minimalist shoe walking (e.g., with moccasins)

Barefoot Walking

Power walking

Race walking

Natural rhythm walking

Slow walking, sauntering, meandering

Long distance, fast walking

Trekking pole walking

Nordic walking


Cruising / Gliding

Walking meditations
Zen walking

Deep breathing walks

Group silence walks

Freestyle walking

Volksmarching (organized non-competitive walks)

Orienteering or geocaching (using map and compass or GPS)

Rogaining (non-competitive team sport)

Night walking

Off-trail walking


Treadmill walking

Walking with strap-on weights

Sleep walking
Space walking (e.g. at International Space Station)


For paragraph length descriptions of the walking styles in the first half of this list, consider perusing the in-depth article: Diversity of Hiking and Walking Styles.

For an example of a unique walking and hiking style I have been experimenting with, click on Mindful Wandering.

Reader Participation: Acknowledging Personal Walking Styles

Review the above list of walking styles. Add any that I might have missed and then circle those that best fit your own personality and needs. Consider doing some research on those styles that you would be interested in learning more about and experimenting with.


Happy walking!

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