Walking

Computer simulation of a human walk cycle. In this model the head keeps the same level at all times, whereas the hip follows a sine curve.
Racewalkers at the World Cup Trials in 1987
Nordic walkers
Free heels are a defining characteristic of ski touring
Human Walking Cycle
Hiking with full packs.
Gauchetière Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Two king penguins and one gentoo penguin walking on a beach on South Georgia, British overseas territory
The walk, a four-beat gait
An Asian elephant walking
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One of the main gaits of terrestrial locomotion among legged animals.

- Walking
Computer simulation of a human walk cycle. In this model the head keeps the same level at all times, whereas the hip follows a sine curve.

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Marathon runners at Carlsbad Marathon, USA, 2013

Running

Not to be confused with Gait.

Not to be confused with Gait.

Marathon runners at Carlsbad Marathon, USA, 2013
A scene depicting long-distance runners, originally found on a Panathenaic amphora from Ancient Greece, circa 333 BCE
Ancient Roman bronze sculptures of runners from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, now in the Naples National Archaeological Museum
Eadweard Muybridge photo sequence
Person with a bad running form. Heel striking and leaning forward are some of the most common mistakes and cause of injuries among beginners.
Chafing of skin following a marathon run
Maximum human speed [km/h] and pace [min/km] per distance
A man running with a baton during a relay race.
International-level women athletes competing in 100 m sprint race at ISTAF Berlin, 2006

This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the stance leg or legs in an inverted pendulum fashion.

An ostrich, the fastest extant biped at 70 km/h

Bipedalism

Form of terrestrial locomotion where an organism moves by means of its two rear limbs or legs.

Form of terrestrial locomotion where an organism moves by means of its two rear limbs or legs.

An ostrich, the fastest extant biped at 70 km/h
A Man Running - Eadweard Muybridge
Profile view of the human spine
A group of children racing
The human respiratory system, encased by the rib cage
ASIMO - a bipedal robot

Types of bipedal movement include walking, running, and hopping.

The zebra is a quadruped.

Quadrupedalism

The zebra is a quadruped.

Quadrupedalism is a form of terrestrial locomotion where a tetrapod (as well as mantises, who primarily walk in this way) animal uses all four limbs (legs) to bear weight, walk, and run.

Pedestrians in New York City jay walk during the evening rush hour in 1973.

Pedestrian

Pedestrians in New York City jay walk during the evening rush hour in 1973.
A pedestrian at the intersection of Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, Australia.
A sign in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, directing pedestrians to an overpass for safe crossing.
Pedestrian signal in Santa Ana, California.
The pedestrian Bauman Street in Kazan, Russia.
In many jurisdictions in the United States, one must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Colorful pedestrian Light Tunnel at Detroit's DTW airport, United States.
Pedestrians ready across the street next to the Forum shopping center in Helsinki, Finland
Traffic lights for pedestrians are also a factor in increasing safety. Animated pedestrian traffic light showing the pan-european sign.
Pedestrians walking in winter conditions in Pornainen, Finland.

A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot, whether walking or running.

The Ramblers

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A path maintenance team from The Ramblers.

The Ramblers is the trading name of the Ramblers Association, Great Britain's leading walking charity.

Racewalkers at the U.S. World Cup Trials in 1987

Racewalking

Long-distance discipline within the sport of athletics.

Long-distance discipline within the sport of athletics.

Racewalkers at the U.S. World Cup Trials in 1987
Men's 20-km walk during the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland. The walker at the right appears to be illegal in that both feet are off the ground, but according to the current rules, an infraction is only committed when the loss of contact is visible to the human eye.
Shaul Ladany (centre), in 1969
A racewalker "flying" (entirely out of contact with the ground, a rule violation)
The start of the 3500 m walk final, 1908 Olympics

The sport emerged from a British culture of long-distance competitive walking known as pedestrianism, which began to develop the ruleset that is the basis of the modern discipline around the mid-19th century.

Nordic walking group from a range of different backgrounds

Nordic walking

Nordic walking group from a range of different backgrounds
A Nordic walking group
The handle of a walking pole
Spike for offroad and rubber for asphalt

Nordic walking is a Finnish-origin total-body version of walking that can be done both by non-athletes as a health-promoting physical activity, and by athletes as a sport.

An example of terrestrial locomotion. A horse – an erect-stanced unguligrade quadruped – with a galloping gait. A 2006 animation of 1887 photos by Eadweard Muybridge

Terrestrial locomotion

Terrestrial locomotion has evolved as animals adapted from aquatic to terrestrial environments.

Terrestrial locomotion has evolved as animals adapted from aquatic to terrestrial environments.

An example of terrestrial locomotion. A horse – an erect-stanced unguligrade quadruped – with a galloping gait. A 2006 animation of 1887 photos by Eadweard Muybridge
Hip joints and hindlimb postures.
The velvet worm (Onychophora)
A jumping kangaroo.
Helix pomatia crawling over razor blades. Terrestrial gastropods crawl on a layer of mucus. This adhesive locomotion allows them to crawl over sharp objects.
The pangolin Manis temminckii in defensive position.

There are also many gaits, ways of moving the legs to locomote, such as walking, running, or jumping.

Quadriceps femoris, with different muscles in different colors. rectus femoris - blue vastus lateralis - yellow vastus intermedius - green vastus medialis - red

Quadriceps

Large muscle group that includes the four prevailing muscles on the front of the thigh.

Large muscle group that includes the four prevailing muscles on the front of the thigh.

Quadriceps femoris, with different muscles in different colors. rectus femoris - blue vastus lateralis - yellow vastus intermedius - green vastus medialis - red
The quadriceps consists of four separate muscles
The leg extension is an isolation exercise for the quadriceps.
The quadriceps tendon connects to the top part of the kneecap (patella)
Cross-section through the middle of the thigh
The quadriceps forms the bulk of front part of the thigh

They are crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting.

Some powerwalkers walk with weights

Power walking

Some powerwalkers walk with weights

Power walking or speed walking is the act of walking with a speed at the upper end of the natural range for the walking gait, typically 7 to 9 km/h (4.5 to 5.5 mph).