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This article is about the mode of transportation. For other uses, see Walk (disambiguation) and Walking (disambiguation).
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.

Walking (also known as ambulation) is one of the main gaits of locomotion among legged animals, and is typically slower than running and other gaits. Walking is defined by an 'inverted pendulum' gait in which the body vaults over the stiff limb or limbs with each step. This applies regardless of the number of limbs - even arthropods, with six, eight or more limbs, walk.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the term walking is used to describe both walking in a park or trekking in the Alps. However, in Canada and the United States the term for a long, vigorous walk is hiking, while the word walking covers shorter walks, especially in an urban setting.<ref>Website Stair walks; New Oxford American Dictionary.</ref>


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Intro  Difference from running  Health benefits of walking  Origins  Variants of walking   Biomechanics    In robotics   Animals  See also  References  Bibliography  External links  

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