Ramp up Your Treadmill Workout and Double your Results
To get even more out of your treadmill time, turn your walk or run into a climb. Researchers at the University of Florida found that uphill walking or running activates 10% more muscle per stride compared with walking and running at the same steady pace on flat terrain. The areas that get worked most during an incline? The buttocks and the backs of your thighs! Also, because hill work demands more oxygen, it will boost your cardiovascular fitness. Plus running and walking uphill actually takes the pressure off your knees, so for people with old knee injuries or arthritis, increasing the incline is an easier and way safer than upping your speed, which can be dangerous and lead to injury.