Incline training offers great benefits for your body, whether you are working out outdoors up a hill or mountain, or indoors on a staircase or on a treadmill. Incline training can strengthen a great number of muscles, particularly those in your legs.
Generally speaking, incline training is when you are briskly walking up a slanted surface. The best way to perform incline training is to trek along a mountain trail, but if you are not fortunate enough to live near such an area, you can use stairs or of course, a treadmill.
Stairs are good for incline training because they challenge you after a few reps. If you cannot afford a treadmill, stairs are one of the best ways to do your incline training indoors, especially in very cold or inclement weather. If you suffer from allergies, you can also do your workout at home, without worry of sneezing or itching while you train. Repeatedly running up and down a flight of stairs will test your physical limits. It will also get your heart rate up and work out your leg muscles, particularly your calves.
Treadmill incline training can push you even farther in your workouts and have even greater benefits. This is because you can control the speed of your treadmill, and while you walk up an incline, you are simultaneously getting challenged due to the movement of the treadmill. Your leg muscles will get more of a workout and more easily be developed due to the movement of the treadmill and the fact that it is on an upward slope. You can burn more calories in this manner than you would in a controlled environment, such as on a flat ground surface.
Incline training also holds the benefit of being a generally low impact aerobic exercise, which means there is far less chance of suffering injury. It puts less stress on your legs, lower back, ankles and hips. You can also vary the exercises by changing your speed and the way you are moving up the incline. For example, if you are using a particularly steep hill in your neighborhood for which to perform your workout, you can alternate from moderate speeds of normal walking to a more brisk jog. Any variation will have great benefits toward your health in getting up your heart rate, helping you to burn calories, potentially losing weight and building muscle. Individuals with asthma will even find that their breathing may benefit from incline training as it increases their cardiovascular function.
Another excellent benefit you will gain from incline training is that your body will store its fat as fuel during the workout. This will more easily help you to lose weight, so if you are an individual who has been considering shedding a few pounds, incline training is the perfect workout to undertake to achieve your goals. You will also increase your strength and endurance. For the maximum benefits of incline training, it is recommended that you perform the workout for at least 30 minutes, 3 to 4 days per week.