Everyone’s gone for a walk before and it doesn’t really do that much (it is better than nothing) but if you make your walk into an incline walk you will increase your heart rate dramatically.
Incline walking, whether it is on a treadmill or actually on an outside hill is on of the fastest ways to lose weight.
If you can combine this with some running in an interval training way your weight loss should skyrocket.
Why Incline Walking?
The major benefit of incline walking is that forces your lungs to use more oxygen.
Basically this happens because of the large oxygen shortfall that incline walking creates. Then in turn the heavier you are breathing, the faster your heart rate is and the better it is for losing weight quick.
Going for general walks on flat ground does have its place and is good for general health and weight management, but it’s not going to get you really fit or lead to any large amount of weight loss.
A way of making incline walking even more effective is to add in a few fast runs or sprints in between. This makes your incline walking session more of an interval training session which will lead to faster weight loss. Including a 10-20 second sprint as fast as you can is going to combine the lower intensity walking with short high intensity bursts of speed or acceleration which increase weight loss.
Incline walking is also a great alternative if you’re like me and dislike running or find it boring. I understand some people find walking boring but for me I can put my iPod in, not worry about the ear buds falling out and it does allow me to think more clearly than when I run. Running can be pretty hard at times so incline walking is a good compromise. Another benefit is that incline walking is less strenuous on my body than running, particularly the knees.
If you are going to use a treadmill for this you want to create an incline of around 10-15 degrees and keep that up for 15-20 minutes a day. Besides the convenience factor this is one of the great features of a treadmill.
This strategy works. It really gets your heart rate up a lot more than you realize. The hard thing is sticking to it but all you will need is around 20 minutes a day.
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