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10-13-2011, 03:33 PM
Hi all. Which do you think is a better when walking on the treadmill? Going for faster speed or slower speed with an incline? Thoughts?

10-13-2011, 05:52 PM
Well I do both I set my oncline half way...5.5 and do my speed at either a 4 or 5..so I feel like im doin half and half :)

10-13-2011, 06:17 PM
I try to do incline only because jogging or running is too hard on my knees. But honestly, to get the same calorie burn, I have to walk at a really high incline, and doing that is SO challenging. For some reason, it "feels" harder to walk at a steep incline than to run.

I've been told that walking at an incline helps to build more muscle, but I'm not sure about that.

10-13-2011, 06:36 PM
Depends what your goals and needs are too. More steep of an incline builds muscle - especially legs and butt. No incline and faster speed is for cardio. I typically do both in a session - some slower walking with steep incline and then some running.

10-13-2011, 07:59 PM
I have been mixing it up as well. Interesting to see how other people exercise. I am such a looky-loo at the gym.

10-13-2011, 11:56 PM
I agree that it depends on what your goals are. A mix of both is ideal. Keeping your heart rate up is the important part.

However, I always keep my incline on a minimum of at least 1-2 when I run. This helps mimic the conditions of running outside. Since the treadmill is easier to walk on than the ground (the belt moves along to help you so there isn't as much resistance, whereas the ground doesn't so your body has to work harder to propel you along) I've always heard a small level of incline helps to try to mimic that resistance of walking outside.

10-14-2011, 09:46 AM
When I have to do the dreadmill I do both incline and faster cardio... I get bored very easily when I workout inside and I need to change things up even during a 40 minute session...

10-14-2011, 09:49 AM
When I run on the treadmill I use a slight incline - as someone previously said, it helps mimic the conditions of running outside.

If I'm just walking, though, I amp up the incline. I don't know if it actually does, but it FEELS like my butt is getting a better work out :)

10-14-2011, 03:26 PM
Great help there, thanks so much guys. Seems like the misture I am doing is right for what I want to achieve, which is both cardio and strength.