People really forget what a great workout walking is! Those old ladies who power walk through the mall got it all right! Ever since I started walking, I noticed that I could work out longer, I ate less since my body did not require as much food anymore since I was not as hungry afterwards.
I really was interested in targeting my backside. I have been on a mission to find a simple workout that can tighten, firm, and lift my butt, because in all honesty...most of us are on the hunt for a good booty workout.
I asked Jerrid and of course...he had an answer for me!
Walking on an incline!
You can walk on an incline on the treadmill, or just walk up a hill. Stairmasters have been a bit hard on my knees, and walking on an incline is very easy, almost like walking on a smooth stairmaster and you really feel the burn...and QUICK!
I have never went past 5 minutes on the treadmill walking on the incline because your heart is really racing, as if you had been running for a long time, you feel the burn, and you don't want to do it for too long anyway because you don't want to build up your legs to get big.
This is a great quick workout to do...just walk on the incline for a few minutes and stretch.
Here are some benefits of walking on an incline:
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- Challenges the cardiovascular system without requiring speed; ideal for people, as mentioned above, either not in the mood for speed workouts, or people who cannot ambulate swiftly due to orthopedic conditions or obesity.
- Because an incline challenges the heart at a slower walking pace, this means less impact on knees and hips. Incline walking is far superior to the elliptical trainer, because incline walking is actual walking, something that you do in real life. Whereas, the elliptical trainer provides a motion that does not relate to real-life movements of the human body.
- The slow nature is good for people either just getting back into exercise after injury, or for people new to exercise who don't want to pull a muscle at faster speeds.
- Recruits lower back muscles to keep your body erect
- Provides a stretch to the calves and Achilles tendons
- Targets glutes.
- A great alternative for people suffering from heel pain (plantar fasciitis) because of the minimized heel-strike impact, and the stretching of the foot with each step
- An alternative for people who are getting bored with the same 'ol flat walking or jogging
Drawbacks of incline walking:
- For all practical purposes, there aren't any. The injury risk is very low. Even if you briskly walk an incline, the slope will limit how fast you can walk. In fact, people with knee pain may find that walking an incline produces less discomfort than walking level.