Walkactive trial – YOUR chance to join in

January 6, 2014 by
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Walkactive is the health and fitness programme established by sports scientist and trainer Joanna Hall. I’ve written about it in The Telegraph twice – once describing how it feels to a novice, and secondly, two weeks ago, about how I felt attending a Walkactive Bootcamp at La Manga, Spain in October, and its cumulative effects on my health.

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Victoria and Joanna at La Manga in Spain

The secret of its success seems to lie in the way you can leverage Walkactive to fit into your daily routine to offer benefits both in pure health terms (improving stamina and overall fitness) as well as to one’s appearance – the programme helps you lengthen the torso and walk tall. I tend to think of it as a sort of ambulatory pilates.

Currently, Joanna and her team are recruiting (with the Telegraph) for a scientific trial which she believes will show that her theories are based in science – that if you move your body using Walkactive techniques, you will see real benefits to fat percentages, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol readings.

The details

Dr Darren James, Research Fellow, London South Bank University, will be in charge of the science and will investigate the effects of a four-week ‘Walk-Active’ program in a cohort of individuals who subscribe to Joanna Hall’s training camp. Study participants will be screened prior to and immediately following completion of the program.  Both pre- and post-tests will involve three-dimensional motion capture for the analysis of skeletal alignment and posture and skin-fold measurements for the assessment of body-fat index. A further set of participants will serve as a control group to verify that any improvements in these outcome measures are not simply an effect of program-induced increases in walking speed.


But applications close TONIGHT – JANUARY 6! so if you want to join the trial, can fulfill her criteria (on the weblink) and learn the technique for free get busy. I honestly do recommend it.

 And if you can’t get on the trial…

Joanna also runs courses and a club throughout the year – more information via her website  – her 2014 One Day Workshop Series includes:

Introduction to Walkactive Workshops – designed specifically for those new to the Walkactive Technique or who need help mastering the basics

Walk Your Waist Off Workshops – designed to help  continue on the Walkactive journey and specifically show how to take inches off your waistline

and best of all!

Training camps

include La Manga Club, Mercia, Spain: 24-28 April 2014 and 9-13 October 2014 and Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Essex  19-23 June 2014 and 22-26 September 2014





About the Author

Victoria Lambert has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and specialises in health and medical matters. She writes for the Telegraph, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Mail and the Mail on Sunday. She contributes to Saga, Geographical and First Eleven magazines – where she is the agony aunt.

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One Comment on "Walkactive trial – YOUR chance to join in"

  1. Joanna Hall January 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm · Reply

    Really excited about this project and look forward to hearing people’s views! TY Victoria – fab results for you!

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