The Anatomy Of The Power-Walk, Maximizing Form & Function

Many people have realized the benefits of power walking.Though less intense than running, it is easier on joints, helps build endurance, and is the perfect solution for people who experience asthma or other ailments associated with exercise. But how do you know you are getting the very best results possible from your efforts?

It doesn’t take a personal trainer to get you started, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. There are a few simple ways you can maximize your calorie burn and improve the health benefits through monitoring your form and function.

Pick Up The Speed

If you really want to increase your calorie burn you need to get your heartbeat thrumming. The best way to do that is by picking up your speed; going faster, even a little bit, will make your body work harder.

A fitness watch can give you your average speed, but if you don’t have one it isn’t a problem. Just make sure you are still able to speak, albeit with a little difficulty, and you are maintaining a good pace.

Pump Those Arms

In addition to walking faster you can move your body more. Your arms should never be rigidly at your side when you power walk because it not only takes away a chance to increase heart rate, but it could cause strain in the back and shoulders that lead to discomfort or injury.

Try swinging them at a 90 degree angle while you walk, pumping back and forth in time with your steps.

Add In Weights

Have you seen those tiny hand weights that only weigh around two pounds? They are pretty useless for most workouts but not if you are wanting to add some resistance to a walk. These babies are great because you can either hold them in your hands, or you can pop them into a bag to settle on your body.

Just two 2-lb weights can add a new dimension to your workout that burns up to 20% more calories.

Try Some Hills

Really want to take things to the next level? Then try an uphill power walk! It will burn up to five times more calories when you walk on an incline, whether outside or on a treadmill, while helping you work muscles that aren’t used during a normal walk. The combination of speed plus incline is one of the best ways you can get the most out of every walk.

Small Steps To Replace Simple Sugars In Your Diet

It can be daunting to find most of your favorite foods are packed full of simple sugars. If you’re not ready to dump out all the sugar in your life, we understand.

But at the same time, you don’t want to waste the time you took finding a treadmill and then sweating buckets only not to lose weight, just because you ate the wrong things. Don’t worry, we’ve got a list of some starter steps you can take to phase some of the simple sugars out of your life.

1. Limit Preserved Food

Sugar is a great preservative, which means you need to limit the amount of preserved food you’re consuming.

One example of this would be frozen dinners. They’re a great time-saver but not so great on the nutrition side. It is recommend that men eat no more than 35 grams of added sugar a day and women only 25 grams in a day. So if you try to save some time with a “healthy” frozen meal like the Sesame Chicken from Lean Cuisine, you’re getting 14 grams of sugar in one tiny meal!

Look closely at labels when you grab any canned, frozen, pre-made mix and check how many grams of sugar it has per serving. If it makes up more than half your daily total, put the item back on the shelf and back away.

2. Stop Drinking Your Sugar

You already know that tasty alcoholic cocktails usually have a ton of sugar so you’ve already cut them, but did you suspect any other drinks that are supposedly “good for you”?

Gatorade is one such culprit. In their Gatorade Perform Cool Blue is a whopping 35 grams of sugar per 591 mL bottle. Pure Leaf is another example of a drink that is generally considered healthy, with their lemon tea containing 41 grams of sugar per 547 mL bottle.

But don’t worry, water isn’t your only option. There are other drinks with low-to-no sugar out there, all you have to do is give that label a closer look. Another option is to start creating your own smoothies and juices. You can control what is added, and it is easy to add flavoring like lemon or vanilla extract to your taste.

3. Spice Food Up

What is your morning oatmeal without some kind of sugar? Most of us would say it would be a real struggle to eat it plain. However, just because you aren’t adding brown sugar and honey to it doesn’t mean it has to be a daily morning let down. Add cinnamon and some nutmeg and see if that doesn’t improve your day.

Here are some other things you can try as healthy substitutes.

Simple Sugar Sugar Alternative
Syrup Fresh fruit
Coffee creamer Almond/Coconut milk
Milk chocolate Dark chocolate
Sugar (for tea) Lemon juice


By starting with these small steps, it is possible to begin phasing sugar out of your life. So start simple, watch those added sugars and try to find new ways to enjoy your old foods.

Building Cardio Endurance On Your Home Treadmill

What is more important than athletic skill? Endurance, which is something that anyone can build no matter what level they are beginning at. Stamina is an important part of improving overall ability, as well as increasing results from regular physical activity. But how do you build it when you have nothing but a treadmill at home?

Don’t worry, it is pretty simple. Just try these four helpful cardio building tips.

Try HIIT – High-Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training has been lauded for years as a way to gain greater aerobic returns using shorter activity bursts. For those who have difficulty maintaining a higher heart or respiratory rate, it also provides a good baseline for building up over time to longer stretches of exercise.

In addition to these benefits, researchers are also seeing a positive impact on mitochondria development and oxygen production/distribution (also known as your VO2max).

To begin HIIT training on your treadmill, simply start off using the same process you would for developing a running routine. However, with a small adjustment: fast-walk three minutes, run at the highest speed you can maintain for one minute, run at a lower intensity for one minute (to bring your heart rate down), then repeat three times. As you build endurance you can increase the number of burst cycles until you reach your desired workout length.

Try Polarized Training

Similar to HIIT, polarized training is about varying your workout by intensity for shorter blocks of time. However, polarized training has fewer bursts and longer stretches, based on intensity only. Here is how it works:

  • 80% of workout – Do it at a very easy but sustained pace
  • 20% of workout – Do it at a very intense but sustained pace

So if you were to do a 60 minute workout every day, you would be doing 48 minutes of that workout without straining yourself, and 12 minutes really pushing yourself. The trick is to make the easy part challenging enough to keep your heart rate up while not exhausting yourself completely. But you should be making that 20% as intense as possible, reaching your target max and maintaining it through the duration.

Try High Incline Training

If the above methods are a little much for you at the start of your cardio training, you can go a simpler route. Simply ramp up your incline on the treadmill so you are walking or running uphill. Not only does this help you to build endurance but it works various muscles that aren’t targeted by a flat surface, and increases the amount of calorie burn attained in each workout by as much as five times the average.

Try a Little Every Day

The most important tip is just to keep going every day. Even if you are just increasing your speed by a fraction with each workout, you are making progress over time. Little changes and improvements add up, and you will be amazed by where you are in just a few months time.

Making 10k Steps A Day Happen On Your Treadmill

We have all heard the conventional wisdom about getting 10,000 steps per day of walking to maintain a healthy body inside and out. Ideally, we would all be going far above that, but in a world of sedentary desk jobs and long commutes, it just isn’t always easy. For some of us, such as busy moms, it may even seem impossible.

The truth is that 10,000 steps is a rough estimate that studies have shown to be the average of active individuals. Low active is 7500+, and highly active is 12,000+. But though it is a rough estimate, it is still a great ballpark to help you reach your goals and a good way to make sure you are getting the exercise you need.

Does that mean it has to be done outside? No, it doesn’t.

Treadmills and Your Daily Steps

In the past, most pedometers didn’t count treadmill steps on the device, as it required forward movement for the metrics inside the device to track the movement. New devices are fortunately much better about this, using a more delicate internal mechanism that tracks steps even when they are done in one spot.

There are also many programs, such as the health apps on smartphones or fitness watches, that allow you to select treadmill workouts. It then calculates steps based on your average stride and heart rate, giving you a fairly accurate estimation of the steps involved in your workouts. Some treadmills even have a step feature.

This doesn’t just work on treadmills. Many people have started using programs like “Walk Away The Pounds”, walking in place in their homes. These steps count, though with somewhat less efficiency than if you were moving forward.

Getting More From Your Walking

You don’t have to worry about getting less from you walking when it is on a treadmill, even if they don’t tend to burn as much as if you were walking on a street. The trick is to increase your heartrate, and there are several ways to do that.

First, you can try increasing your speed. Power-walking (or walking at a brisk pace) has been found to have many health benefits, and to burn more calories than walking at a slower pace. So don’t be afraid to pump up the speed to really give yourself a good workout.

Second, you can try HIIT. This is a great way to build endurance and get the heart healthiest workout available. Start by walking for three minutes, then running or brisk walking for one, repeating the pattern until the end of your workout. Not only is this great for your health, but it is an easy way to increase your steps in less time.

Third, you can ramp up your incline. An incline of 40% (found in NordicTrack’s incline trainers) can increase your calorie burn by an astonishing five times the average. The higher the incline the higher that burn differential. That means you could be making your workouts five times or more effective every time you get on. It may not increase the speed of your steps, but it gives you a lot more for the time you put in.

Finding The Right Treadmill For You

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a treadmill. There are so many options, price ranges and features these days that you could customize it to fit your needs exactly without much trouble. Here is where to start:

  • Check Reviews – There is no better way to know how good a treadmill is than by the people who have bought it before you. Customers tend to be very vocal, whether that is in the positive or the negative. Look for treadmills that have been highly reviewed, and by a fair number of people. That will give you a good idea of how well it was received. You may also want to check for reviews from people who have had the treadmill for more than six months.
  • Look Over Feature Options – There are many features offered with modern treadmills. As mentioned before, some have pedometers built in, tracking each step as your foot strikes the belt. Others have heart rate monitors, either on the handles or comes with a chest strap, that can tell you how many calories you are burning, and/or help you remain in a target zone to improve your results based on your needs (cardio, fat burning, ect). Many will have smartphone app connections, built in internet capable screens, and other technological advances that make it better than what you would find in any gym. Then there are speed settings, storage options, incline rates and more.
  • Compare Prices – There is no singular price model for a treadmill. They run the gamut, from manuals that cost as little as $50, to high-end technologically advanced models that cost up to $10,000. You can find anything in between, often within your needed budget. Many sellers also provide payment plans and financing, so you can find the treadmill of your dreams.

Tips For Sneaking Those Steps In, Whatever Your Schedule

Now that you know the benefits of a treadmill, and how to get one, let’s look at how you can find the time to use it. We all have been guilty of turning that exercise equipment we swear we are going to use into clothing hangers and dust collectors. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The busiest person can find time to get in their 10,000 daily steps. Here are some ways to be creative about it!

  • Break it into chunks – Let’s say you take the dog out for a walk in the morning, walk around the office building on each break, get on the treadmill after dinner for half an hour, then take the dog out at night. That breaks your walking into manageable chunks that will get you to 10k in no time.
  • Combine it with other tasks – That book you have been wanting to read? Why not get the audio book and listen to it while you walk. Or make those phone calls you have to get through. Or make a grocery list, plan a party, or listen to a recorded lecture for that midterm.
  • Just do it! – You are busy, but you also need to take care of yourself. Everyone should have a little me-time each day. Failing to do so can increase stress, impact sleep, cause depression, and even spark health problems. Give yourself some time to walk.

How Inducing Real Stress on Your Body Reaps Positive Benefits

No pain, no gain. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. These may be old cliches, but when it comes to exercise, there is truth to both of them. While experts would urge you to stop working out if you feel pain, nausea, or light-headed, your muscles and cardiovascular system need to be put under some level of stress in order to get stronger.

The Benefits of an Intense Workout

If you are out of shape or have health challenges, you might feel like resigning yourself to very modest activity — or none at all. Recent studies, however, show that high-intensity workouts may have even more benefits than regular, moderate aerobic activity — even for people with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or pulmonary disease.

Studies suggest that a shorter, more intense workout is safe for most people, but offers more disease-preventing or disease-reversing benefits. One form of short, high-intensity workout is referred to as high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. This consists of short bursts of very intense effort, alternated with periods of rest. This type of workout is gaining in popularity as more and more people discover the benefits to their bodies and their schedules. These workouts can be done with body weight exercises, outdoors, or on equipment like a treadmill.

Work = Strength

Robust physical exercise, done regularly, makes your heart, lungs, and muscles stronger. When your muscles endure that effort, their natural response is tiny “tears.” While this might not sound like a good thing on the surface, your body goes to work on repairing those overloaded muscles, and that’s what builds them and makes them stronger.

Let’s not forget; your heart is a muscle. To strengthen it, you must be willing to make it work harder. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (for moderately intense levels) on most days of the week. Those with active lifestyles have a 45% lower risk of heart disease. So you can see, making your heart work — with a workout — makes it stronger. The stress of regular exercise also keeps arteries healthy and offers a 35% lower risk of high blood pressure.

Like your biceps or abdominal muscles, if your heart and lungs are allowed to take it easy all the time, they can’t build strength. When you put some stress on your lungs with exercise, you breathe harder and take in more oxygen. This provides energy, reduces carbon dioxide in the body, and can increase your lung capacity.

Speaking of Stress…

Exercise has been shown to reduce the amount of mental and emotional stress in those who do it regularly. If your brain is damaged by stressful events, exercise can actually revers that damage. Stressed-out people can become more forgetful, for example. Regular exericse can help reverse that. And people report better moods, memory, and energy after a workout, along with lower tension and anxiety.

If you want to live longer and healthier, it’s important to allow your body to experience the temporary stress of regular exercise. Your efforts will be rewarded with stronger muscles, a more powerful heart and lungs, and a clearer mind.

How Your Health Is Restricted When You Ignore Biodiversity In Your Meals

There’s a lot of talk about the importance of biodiversity within the environment — the importance of maintaining a diverse ecosystem to protect the fragile balance of life. But what isn’t discussed quite as much is the importance of biodiversity within ourselves and in our meals. Diversity in diet and in the gut is a very important topic, and in this case, ignorance isn’t bliss — it’s disease.

Diversity in meals

Once upon a time, our ancestors enjoyed over 15,000 different types of apples; now, as any grocery store will demonstrate, we are down to about five. Gone are days where a healthy eater could enjoy the White Horse, the Summer Ladyfinger, the Junaluskee, or the Polly Sweet. Now, four out of five apple varieties are close to disappearing.

In general, there are over 30,000 edible plants growing on the planet; people eat about a dozen.

This means bad news for diversity in meals.

Humans are complex creatures and require a complex diet. A recent study showed that as food diversity decreases, diet-related disease increases. The lack of diversity in our meals comes along with a lack of diversity in our guts.

Diversity in the microbiome

The microbiome refers to the plethora of microorganisms growing and living symbiotically with our bodies. Many people don’t realize the huge number of microorganisms that live out their lives with them — in fact, we are more microbe than human. Researchers estimate humans carry four to ten times more bacterial cells than human cells. If all those cells were mushed together they would be about the size of a basketball and weigh about three pounds. That’s a lot of microbes.

Research on these little friends has exploded in the last few years and some scientists believe it will lead to the string theory of all human disease. For just about any ailment plaguing our race at the moment, there is a researcher quickly discovering its correlation with the microbiome.

The huge majority of microbes live along the inside of the large intestine and they help the body out by fermenting undigested food components. They come in four different types

  • Bacteria – anywhere between 500 and 1,000 species of bacteria inhabit our bodies
  • Archaea – these mysterious single cell creatures aid in our digestion
  • Fungi – these microbes come mostly in the form of yeasts and also aid in digestion
  • Viruses – these microorganisms live all over our body for better or for worse.

Of course, not all microbes are good for us, as many bacteria and viruses have caused life-ending illnesses. But finding a proper balance in diversity could prove to be life-saving.

Sadly, no amount of treadmill workouts will make-up for a lack of biodiversity, so get started here.

How to Effectively (and Safely) Run Downhill

Downhill running builds strength and endurance in a way that flat running cannot duplicate. While running uphill might feel more difficult from a cardio perspective, running downhill challenges and pushes your body in different ways. The muscles you build running on the decline translate into faster paces on other terrain. Downhill running involves control and braking, which creates muscular stress. Including downhill running in your training and learning proper downhill running techniques will help you improve your leg speed, increase efficiency and prevent injury. With proper form, you can turn downhill running into a strength that will greatly benefit your other running.

Understanding and Choosing Hills

Make sure to choose your hills wisely when training. The following tips will help you:

  • Start with short, gradual slopes and move on to steeper and longer descents as you develop your technique and improve your strength and ability. Practice downhill running through either focused repeats or an extended run on a hilly route. Extreme grades increase your risk of knee, ankle and hip injuries.
  • Use a GPS watch to find a gradual slope of no more than 8 percent to train on. When running downhill, gravity is your friend.
  • Running on softer surfaces, such as dirt or grass instead of pavement or cements, lead to fewer injuries because they are more forgiving.
  • Always look ahead for hill variations and adapt to them immediately to avoid injury.

Building a Strong Foundation – Correct Form

The foundation of running downhill safely and efficiently relies upon maintaining correct posture. Avoid the urge to lean back into the hill and focus instead on keeping your body perpendicular to the ground. Descend the hill with your feet turned sideways to help with speed control. As you improve, point your feet more progressively downhill. Engage your core and lean forward slightly from the ankles. Keep the feet under the body and don’t over stride, which gives the body greater control over the legs and also minimizes the impact on the quadriceps and knees. Use your arms for balance. Flailing your arms around can actually give your body the control it needs when speed takes over. As you descend, shorten your stride and quicken your cadence to help avoid using your heel as a brake. A slight bend in your landing leg will help avoid impact to your knee. You can run a lot faster than you think while still maintaining control.

Training Safely

As with any new training type, start small. Begin with one downhill session every other week, eventually working up to two per week. Learn how to tackle hills mentally and physically. Confidence is crucial to successful downhill running. Run down hills using effort, not pace. Focus on the descent, not the climb. When done properly, downhill running provides enjoyment and a great way to make up time. Consider purchasing a quality treadmill that will set an effective downhill pace for training. Many models come equipped with declines up to 6 percent.

You can improve your overall fitness with downhill running. By following these tips, you will enjoy the process as well.

Best Treadmill Options For Low Impact Training During Injury Recovery

You’ve already had the debate of treadmill vs elliptical and decided that you wanted a treadmill to keep your fitness up during your injury recovery. Only to realize there are so many options to choose from that it seems like there is just a coin-flip of difference between the different treadmills.

While we have tons of treadmill reviews you can check out, we wanted to create a list of our favorite machines for those who need the lowest impact for injury recovery. Below are our top 3 treadmills for those looking to keep their fitness up while not upsetting their doctor.

1. NordicTrack X11i

The NordicTrack X11i is our favorite treadmill for so many reason, but one of the key ones for those recovering from an injury is the fact that it has a fantastic suspension system. Equipped with NordicTrack’s Reflex Cushioning, the treadmill not only cushions your run but springs back to help you keep going for miles.

Addition Pros:

  • Range workout – Decline to -6 percent or up to 40 percent incline to maximize workout time and ease pressure on joints.
  • Full entertainment system – From YouTube to the news, you can find something to keep you entertained while you rehab.

Potential Cons:

  • Cost – The X11i isn’t the cheapest machine on the market and is currently $2,199.
  • Space – You need quite a bit of space for this machine which is 70.2″ long, by 39.6″ wide and 71.6″ tall. It also does not fold up, so no space-saver here.

2. ProForm Premier 1300

Next up is the ProForm Premier 1300 for all your treadmill needs. Built into this sturdy machine is ProShox™ technology, which is an multi-point air shock system to allow natural movement on the treadmill and comfortable resistance.

Additional Pros:

  • Stay busy – It comes programmed with 34 different workout apps to keep you from getting bored with your treadmill workouts.
  • Space-friendly – The wide running belt is 20”x60” and the deck will fold up for easy storage when not in use.

Potential Cons:

  • Cost – Pricier than the X11i with fewer features, the Premier 1300 costs $2,499.
  • Limited incline – There is no decline option and can only incline to 12 percent.

3. Sole F85

Rounding out our treadmills for injury recovery is the Sole F85. The F85 brings a quieter machine as well as a cushioned ride to treadmill usage with its Cushion Flex Whisper Deck technology, which is rated to reduce up to 40 percent of running impact.

Additional Pros:

  • Spacious and space-friendly – Giving 2 more inches than the Premier 1300, the F85 has a 22”x60” belt and will fold up to save space.
  • Incline – While the F85 can’t touch the X11i’s incline abilities, it does incline to 15 percent.

Potential Cons:

  • Limited tech – No touchscreen entertainment here, so while you get 10 programs, that’s it for your workout variety.
  • Cost – Price fluctuates on this machine, and while sales can bring it to $1,999, the standard price is $2,499.

Hopefully this has helped you get a kick start on your treadmill buying process, so you can get back to your normal fitness routine!

The Beginner’s 12 Week Treadmill Training Schedule For A Half Marathon

Getting ready for a half marathon is an exciting challenge, especially when there are complications to consider. Maybe you are the primary caregiver for your children and can’t be away for hours training for your race. Or you may live in an area where outside running isn’t a great idea, either because of the locals or weather.

In any such case, you can effectively train for your upcoming half marathon on a treadmill. Many elite athletes have utilized treadmills when necessary, so you are in good company.

With the goal of getting you race-ready, we running devotees at Treadmill Reviews have create a workout schedule designed to optimize your body’s performance and get you ready for the big race.

Half Marathon Workout Terminology

To make sure there is no confusion, here’s a short key of terms we will be using in our workout schedule.

  • Rest – Take the day to recover, do not engage in activities more strenuous than walking.
  • M – All our training distances are measured in miles (aside from races), so for short, we will place a “m” next to whatever mile distance is on the schedule that day.
  • Cross – On cross training day, they will be labeled “cross” with a recommendation for time you should spend cross training.
  • Pace – You should run this training run at the pace you will be racing. Other days, drop to a comfortable level and focus on getting your mileage in and not on speed.
  • Race – We recommend either finding a 5K and 10K to test how you are progressing. If that isn’t in the cards, be sure you run those two race days at pace.

Best Cross Training For Runners

While it may feel like a distraction from the goal, the best way to be sure you to reach your half marathon injury-free is to cross train. There is plenty of excellent ideas out there on how to best cross train. We recommend:

  • Yoga – Keep flexibility up, which many runners lose. YouTube is a great resource for this.
  • Body weight workouts – With the added benefit of being able to workout anywhere, body weight workouts will strengthen all your muscles, not just the ones you are using while running.

If you have the equipment (or the mean to purchase them), an elliptical and/or a stationary bike would be good, low impact ways to workout and keep your heart pumping.

12 Week Half Marathon Schedule

Week

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

1

Rest

3 m run

2 m run or cross

3 m run

Rest

4 m run

30 min cross

2

Rest

3 m run

2 m run or cross

3 m run

Rest

4 m run

30 min cross

3

Rest

3.5 m run

3 m run or cross

3.5 m run

Rest

5 m run

40 min cross

4

Rest

3.5 m run

3.5 m run

4 m run

Rest

5 m run

40 min cross

5

Rest

4 m run

3.5 m run

4 m run

Rest

6 m run

40 min cross

6

Rest

4 m run

4 m run

30 min cross

Rest

5K race

40 min cross

7

Rest

3 m run

5 m run

2 m run

Rest

8 m run

50 min cross

8

Rest

3 m run

5 m run

3 m run

Rest

9 m run

50 min cross

9

Rest

4 m run

5 m run

3 m run

Rest

10K race

50 min cross

10

Rest

4 m run

5 m run

3 m run

Rest

10 m run

60 min cross

11

Rest

4 m run

5 m run

3 m run

Rest

11 m run

60 min cross

12

Rest

3 m run

2 m run

2 m run

Rest

Rest

Half Marathon

Running a half marathon isn’t easy, but you can feel confident that as you stick to this schedule, you will be ready for your upcomming half marathon.

If You’re Going To Walk, Walk Uphill To Cut Your Workout Time In Half

There is no doubt that life feels more hectic than ever these days. Kids have to be ferried between multiple extracurricular activities. More Americans work overtime or take on extra side jobs. So, it’s no wonder that we all feel crunched for time, and that it is harder to squeeze in the time to exercise.

However, skipping out on workouts wears down our overall health. Exercising helps you to have more energy, relieves stress, and helps you get a better night’s sleep. All things we need to power through our hectic daily schedules. So we’ve got suggestions on how you get all the benefits of exercise in half the time.

How to cut your exercise time in half

One of the simplest ways to burn calories is to walk. It is recommended that you exercise thirty minutes a day five times a week. However, this recommendation is based on the intensity of the exercise.

The 30 minute recommendation is conditional upon a moderate-intensity activity level. If you chose to exercise at a vigorous-intensity activity level then the recommendation lowers to 15 minutes five days per week. Most people automatically jump to running to increase their activity level but that doesn’t work for everyone because some prefer not to run. Others have joint issues or other health concerns.

One way to increase the difficulty of your walking without increasing speed is to walk on an incline. Finding a treadmill with an incline feature is probably the most convenient way to accomplish this on a regular basis.

Incline training works because it forces your body to work harder to accomplish the same action as simply walking. As a bonus, you won’t have to find a walking route with a lot of hills or drive to a distant nature trail that meets your criteria. Also, instead of grinding away on the treadmill for a half hour, you can incline the treadmill and cut your exercise time down to 15 minutes instead.

Other benefits to incline training

Incline training has these additional benefits:

  • Studies have shown that incline training reduces the amount of stress on your knee joints.
  • It also reduces the stress on your shins. So if you’re struggling with shin splints incline training might be a solution.
  • Incline training forces your leg muscles to work harder and so it is a great way to get your legs into better shape without straining your joints.
  • You can substantially increases the number of calories that you burn while working out, and it burns more fat than regular walking.
  • Increases cardiovascular and lung strength when you can’t increase your speed for health or recovery reasons.

So if you want to maximize you time spent working out, find the right treadmill for you and start reaping the benefits!

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