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Why You Should Increase the Incline on the Treadmill

3 Reasons to Increase the Incline on Your Treadmill

Whether or not you love the treadmill incline as much as Jennifer Aniston does, increasing it is an efficient and smart way to get the most out of your run. Here are three important reasons to up the incline on your treadmill.

Calorie burn: Upping the incline, even just a little bit, will help you burn a few extra calories with just a little more effort. Going from a zero-percent incline to five-percent incline burns over 100 more calories when running for 30 minutes, no matter your pace. Check out our chart to see just how many calories running on an incline burns. You might be pleasantly motivated.

Bikini bum: Kill two birds with one stone by working your lower body while raising your heartbeat, just in time to show off all your hard work on the beach. Just like running hills or hiking, running on the treadmill is a great exercise for toning your glutes and quads.


Better runner: If you've never run outside before, hopping off the treadmill and onto the road can be a wake-up call, since running outside isn't as easy as running on a flat, consistent treadmill. But if you increase the incline whenever you run inside, you'll be amazed at how much better your endurance and stamina become.

Of course, you'll really feel it when you start upping the incline more than a few percentages (it'll affect your pace as well, so take it slower if needed), but you'll be glad you did. Ready to start? Here's an under-20-minute incline treadmill workout if you're pressed for time, or try this rolling hills treadmill workout instead.

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SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 4 years
This article is really misleading.  Adding FIVE percent to your incline over 30 minutes burns an extra 100 calories?  Well yeah - that's a huge hill!!  if you ran flat, or just added a little incline for a half mile here and there, you could burn an extra 100 calories easily with the extra speed - AND not hurt your knees and joints. Ridiculous.  I know a few people who have had knee surgery because of abusing the incline on treadmills. You're much better off going outside and going on hills - with downhills and flat road to recover.
glitterandgold glitterandgold 4 years
I LOVE running intervals especially on high inclines. The amount of sweat dripping down my face makes me feel so accomplished haha
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