Incline Walking

by Bea | December 7th, 2012 | Cardio

treadmillSome people  might incorporate incline walking as a part of their cardiovascular workout. While it is true that this could definitely help in the process, you will have to make sure that you are walking properly in order to stay healthy.

Walking on an incline can often offer great benefits. Walking up a hill, or doing another natural way of working out on an incline, can count towards incline training. Sometimes this can be more fun for you or more adventurous; however, if you are looking for a more regimented workout, then you might want to stick to using a treadmill.

Walking on a treadmill can mimic walking on a hill. You can also challenge yourself without pressing for fast speeds. As you are not running around and forcefully hitting the ground, incline movements often have less impact on your hips and knees.

Incline walking on a treadmill can offer a poorly conditioned person, or someone else who cannot normally exercise, great benefits. It is typically safe to do while also being stimulating and challenging. It is great for people who cannnot move quickly and for people who are injured, but can still walk.

There are plenty of benefits to be had from incline walking. One is that it can give your cardiovascular system a great workout. Another is that it trains your body to do motions that you need in real life. Elliptical trainers do not offer this! Not only is a good low impact activity, but it also stretches your calves and Achilles tendons! It also uses other muscles, like your lower back muscles.

There are not too many drawbacks when it comes to incline walking, unless you do it wrong. One way to do it incorrectly is to hold on to treadmill. Don’t do this! It is important to swing your arms in a natural way, just like you would if you were walking outside.

Incline walking is a great exercise, whether you are just starting to get back into shape, are recovering from an injury, or want something different to do.

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