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Why Incline: The benefits of incline running

Why Incline: The benefits of incline running

Why Incline: The benefits of incline running

This morning I woke up and decided to hit the gym for my morning fasted cardio session – having trained legs the day before the thought of running fast on a treadmill became a more and more daunting task the closer i got to the gym. As i began the workout i started with a light jog; (wearing a heart rate monitor so that i can track my heart rate to maintain a level optimum for burning fat) Since my fitness levels have increased I was having to run at a speed that was quite frankly too fast for my DOM’s affected legs to maintain. So without thinking i just slowly started to increase the incline and decrease the speed- this immediately helped raise my heart rate to the required level whilst easing the stress on my legs. This got me thinking what are the benefits of incline running ?

after a little research i found a few articles that gave me the answers and i will now share them with you

Why Incline: The benefits of incline running 

Whist it has the same cardiovascular benefits as flat running …

1)  Incline running also increases your muscle strength and power. Hills can help you build greater aerobic capacity and builds a more efficient stride.
2) Running on inclines of more than 15 percent activates the leg muscles about three times as much as exercising on a flat roads. This means you build greater muscle strength and power when running on an incline so that when you run on a flat road, you can go faster more efficiently.
3) High speed incline walking is a lower impact alternative for you. Flat road running can also aggravate shin splints or knee pain. Running on an incline reduces that stress.
4)  Running up a five percent incline on a treadmill burns about 100 more calories than running on a flat road, says “Shape” magazine. (exact difference will depend on your speed, body weight and running fitness levels) – research also found that going slower up an incline utilizes a greater amount of fat. Running fast on a flat road still burns calories, but more of them come from carbohydrates.
(whilst incline running has its benefits it is also more taxing on the body so i would not advise using it for all your workouts, just mix it in to your workouts to see the benefits)
so next time you are thinking of going for a run don’t avoid those hills

 

Why Incline: The benefits of incline running 

christopher48

 

Why Incline: The benefits of incline running