Correct walking happens in the interim between point A and point B. As with most cliche lessons in life this requires attention to the journey as opposed to the destination, especially in the case when the journey involves putting one foot in front of the other recurrently.

Correct walking strengthens the muscles of the legs, comfortably massages and lubricates the joints, and provides precision and grace in negotiating various terrains. That means you will preserve the health of your ankles, knees, hips, and spine, and in some cases promote rehabilitation of these areas. You will skillfully maintain your footing when walking over ice, marbles, banana peels, and dangerous one centimeter elevation changes in the sidewalk.

The simplest way to explain is to practice walking as silently as possible. The softer your foot drops the smoother the transition of weight. This is the key to minimizing the impact in the joints.

When you step forward keep the weight on your back leg. Set the heel down and then gradually transition weight to the front foot. As you transition weight the front foot should roll down from the heels to the toes. Repeat, repeat, and re-repeat until you get to point B.

Another way to practice is to try to walk with your knees extremely bent, keep them at about 130 degrees. This forces the gradual weight transfer. As you get used to this technique you can gradually straighten your legs until they are such that you are comfortable being seen in public.

Walking correctly will force you to move slowly at first, but with practice you can get going just as fast as when you used to stomp.

Happy trails.