Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Treadmill Hike

Flipping through Self Magazine the other day, I found a section titled “Lose 8 pounds”.   The article gave diet and workouts to help the readers lose weight.  One of the workouts I found very interesting.  It is called a Treadmill Hike.  Basically, the workout is 20 minutes on the treadmill with varying inclines between three percent and twelve percent.  I have been doing research a lot lately on increasing my walking speed.  I read that walking inclines/hills can help to increase walking speed, so I decided to give this work out a try.  I tore the page out of my magazine, and I headed to the gym. 
The workout calls for the reader to walk at a speed of 3.5 on the treadmill for 20 minutes.  Walking at this speed, the work out would take me just over a mile.  Since I try to run 5k (3.1 miles) on Tuesday and Thursday nights, my plan was to run a mile on the treadmill, then start this routine, then run about another mile, or whatever would take me to 5k.  I got to the gym and jumped on a treadmill.  My favorite treadmill was taken, but that’s ok.
I started running with my Galloway intervals and I hit the one mile mark right around twelve minutes.  I then started the treadmill hike.  Wow!  It was really hard!  I could handle the inclines of three to six fairly easily, but when I was on an incline of seven to twelve, I was really struggling.  I had to hold on just to stay on the treadmill at inclines of eight to twelve.  I was sweating buckets, more than I do when running.  How hard this workout was really surprised me.  I thought--20 minutes, twelve percent…sounds easy, right?  Boy was I wrong.  It was real work!  Once I was done the 20 minutes, I walked two more minutes at zero incline to catch my breath.  I started to run again but I was really tired, huffing and puffing.  I walked another minute or so till I hit the 2.5 mile mark and my workout was over. 
Now I see why the trainer who designed this plan only called for a twenty minute workout.  I think I will go with my above plan once a week—during my easy run nights.  I will not push myself to far beyond what I did last night, hopefully just a little improvement each week.  I do not want to give up a night of running, but I really like how challenging this plan was.  I short run before and after fit well.  I hope this plan increases my walking speed and my fitness level.
A dream is a wish…
Here is a link to the article if you are interested.
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  1. I think i brought it up a lot in this post because i'm happy i've reached a point where i don't really care about how slow it is. Treadmills India

  2. I think treadmill is in great demand when it comes to fitness, I too love working out on it.

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