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Walking Workouts with Intervals
Training Programs for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Walkers
2/7/2012 11:27:27 PM
Does the intensity include incline, because I have been doing 1 hr, 4 to 5 times a week with the average incline of about 8 and have not been able to drop a lb. My speed has been around 3.9 miles. Am i just building muscle here, as I have been doing this for over 3 months now. Any suggestions.
I think some members might be equating the intensity scale with "speed" or "pace." A 2.8 is not the speed on your treadmill, it's just a way to measure how hard you think you're working, on a scale from 1 to 10. The treadmill will record your distance and total time, and from that you can figure out your pace to record in your Fitness Tracker. (I haven't found a Pace Calculator on SP yet; but there are lots of sites online.) For those of us who hoof it in the great outdoors instead, SP has Fitness Maps, a really great feature that helps you figure out your distance and your pace, and a click allows you to add it to your Fitness Tracker. It's found under the Healthy Lifestyle tab, then click on Fitness, then Fitness Maps.
I have been doing the interval training on the treadmill for a few weeks now, and it makes the time go by so much faster, and I find I am not out of breath so much when I am finished. (since you have the rest periods in between each challenge) I think it is a much better way to workout, and enjoyed reading the article and related posts...:D
The numbers they give you are not what you input into your treadmill. The numbers are based on on a scale between 1-10 that you rate how you are feeling during the workout. The scale is below the workout.
I tried the intermediate program yesterday. It was a really intense workout for me. I did, however, have to run when I was at 6.5 and at 7! Also, I had to change the 5s to 4.7. At 5 I thought I would fall off the treadmill. :-)
I AM 76 AND CAN'T COME EVEN CLOSE TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE "BEGINNER" INTENSITIES. I THOUGHT MY ACTIVITY LEVEL WAS PRETTY GOOD, BUT GUESS NOT. COULD THERE BE A BEGINNER WORKOUT FOR US WHO ARE WAY OVER THE HILL? RIGHT NOW 2.8 IS MY TOP SPEED AND ONLY FOR A COUPLE MINUTES.
11/19/2010 1:22:43 PM
This is making my treadmill time much more interesting and it feels a lot shorter. With winter coming on, walking outdoors is becoming difficult so anything that makes the treadmill more fun is welcome. And because of the lower intensity intervals, I can go faster during the high intensity times. Love it!
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