There's no denying the amazing benefits of a regular walking routine! However, if you're looking to rev up your calorie burn, tone up your glutes and hamstrings, and lose weight, consider adding an incline treadmill to your next walking workout.
Incline walking workouts fire up the posterior chain muscles of the lower body like your hamstrings and glutes, which typically aren't as active when walking on flat ground. Walking at an incline will also help spike your heart rate, helping you burn even more calories during your workout!
Due to the higher level of posterior chain muscle engagement, high calorie burn, and high heart rate of incline walking workouts, they're some of the most effective ways to lose weight and increase your fitness level quickly.
Ready to elevate the incline in your walking routine? Check out the indoor incline walking workouts below designed for motorized treadmills and manual treadmills, and some ideas for taking your incline workout outside too!
1. Beginner Treadmill Intro to Incline Walking Intervals - 20 Minutes
If you're new to treadmill workouts, this 20-minute treadmill incline walking workout is the perfect workout to explore different speeds and inclines - work up those muscles in your lower body before advancing to higher heights, speeds, and more challenging intervals. Use this workout time and time again in your regular routine to build up your fitness, and mix up your walking workouts at home!
2. Manual Treadmill Interval Workout for Beginners - 15 Minutes
If you have a manual treadmill at home, give this beginner interval walking workout a try! This workout is great for users of all levels and can easily be adjusted to be made more advanced by simply increasing the resistance and/or pace. Follow along for tips and form pointers when working out on your manual treadmill at home!
3. High Intensity Manual Treadmill Interval Walking Workout - 20 Minutes
Manual treadmills fans, we have a fun and intense 20-minute manual treadmill session for you! In this workout, you'll work on building cardio strength and endurance through longer work intervals and minimal rest. Finish off with some heavy resistance sled pushes that will set in that lower body burn and sear tons of calories!
4. Intermediate Treadmill Incline Walking Workout - 25 Minutes
Ready to level up your incline treadmill workout? Up the ante with this intermediate 25-minute incline treadmill walking workout. This session will lead you through longer intervals and more challenging inclines, bumping that incline up all the way 12. If you've followed along with our beginner incline treadmill workout and you're ready to take that next step, this workout will be perfect for you!
5. Advanced Treadmill Incline Walking Workout - 30 Minutes
Strengthen and tone your legs and build your cardiovascular system with this advanced 30-minute incline walking workout you can do on your treadmill at home! In this fast-paced, intense walking workout, challenge yourself through 15 levels of incline. If you've mastered incline treadmill walking, then this workout is everything you need to push your fitness to new heights.
Outdoor Incline Walking Workouts
If you don't have a treadmill at home, consider going on a nature walk outdoors instead. Take advantage of hills in your neighborhood or local park to create your own incline walking workout.
Try to push your pace while walking up the hill, and let the downhill portion be your rest - similar to intervals of work and rest you might do during a treadmill workout!
You can challenge yourself by making intervals of work longer, finding a steeper hill, or pushing yourself faster as you get more fit. Start with 30 seconds of hard work uphill, resting on the way down, and repeating several times until you've reached your desired workout length.
There are always ways to make your workout more challenging, which is important to continue seeing progress over time. When you're ready to make your workout more challenging, try intervals of 45 seconds, 1 minute, and even 1 minute and 30 seconds.