Monday, August 24, 2009

Treadmills don't have to be scary!

Running is a great workout, but it's not always a running kind of day, if you know what I mean. I know I always try to find ways to workout without having to bounce around all over the place and spend a whole lot of time doing it.

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.
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20 comments:

  1. I know what you mean ... I agree that walking can be a great6 workout :) But I prefer running because than I know I'm doing something :D

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  2. Thanks for the post. I need to work on my backside as well so I'm going to try out the incline feature(:

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  3. This is a great post, lady! I work-out everyday and usually spend a good 20-30 minutes on the treadmill. At least 10 of those minutes are spent on the incline. I get more of a work-out from that than I do running. The burn is incredible and I love it!

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  4. i'll try this at the gym tonight.. your tips are always helpful!!

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  5. your tips are great mama. i always like to walk jog on my treadmill with an incline... :)

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  6. walking on an incline, what a great idea! what about squats?

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  7. girl im too lazy too run for now, so I walk low speed on a high incline, and it burns!! so hopefully Ill get more active in a few months

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  8. great tips! thanks :) that will sure improve my work out in the gym.

    but hey hows ur yummy cupcake (ur lil boy :P) doing? u havent posted any latest updates on him ;)

    have a great day!

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  9. I've been a silent reader for a while ! Thank you for posting about different things, like make-up, your beautiful baby and some workouts. It makes your blog such an interesting thing to read ! I will sure try this with my treadmill !

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  10. Once again very helpful!

    AKESweetie

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  11. hey katrina i recently tried walking on an incline and it burned my whole leg!! so how much do u usually set your incline?

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  12. It's a great workout but I really can't do it for more than 5 minutes and really wouldn't recommend it unless you do it in 5 minutes intervals. ITS HARD and IT BURNS!! It's great for your legs but if you don't want to be sore for a whole week, take it easy and start out slow!

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  13. Great post.. but i thank god every day that i have a bad knee so i cant exercise! :) Im faaaar too lazy!! But i think id follow your advice (like the weights you showed us in your last post) if i did ever do any! :)

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