November 20, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
If you’re more likely to cut ties than go steady with your cardio routine, it’s time to recommit as cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to ensure the long-term health of your heart. Try these workouts and rekindle the magic of your routine:
Take On the Treadmill
Add variety to spice up your cardio workout by changing speed, resistance and incline throughout the workout to alternate high intensity intervals with recovery.
- Start with a five-minute warm up at 3 mph with a 1 percent incline.
- Follow with five minutes of slow jogging (4 to 5 mph).
- Pick up the pace (6 mph+) for one minute and run at a 2 percent incline or more.
- Return to the jogging pace at a 1 percent incline for two minutes.
- Repeat run/jog intervals 2 to 3 more times before returning to a five-minute walk.
August 21, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
There is nothing like the thrill and challenge of climbing a mountain. And although incline training on a treadmill may not be quite the same experience as hiking up a mountain trail, you can still get great results (sans the mountain air). Use these tips to add variety and intensity to your workout with incline training.
Incline Training on a Treadmil
Most treadmills are equipped with the incline feature and can reach grades of 10-15 percent. You can manually incline the tread belt to simulate an uphill workout, but many Life Fitness treadmills also come with built-in hill climbing programs that automatically take the grade of the treadmill up and down to simulate an uphill or rolling hills workout. Incline training can be a great way to increase the intensity of your walking workout while keeping it low impact or to kick your running workout into high gear.