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8/13/19 9:23 A

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TABEN68 - When you comment about your legs, are they swollen, or just that you have good muscles in your legs?

Are you able to swim? I've found swimming to be a great upper body workout - I put a float between my legs, and just pull.

Also, do you have access to a rowing machine? That really works your core and upper body, too.

Lifting for upper body at home is not too difficult with a few basic things like dumbells and kettleballs. The important thing to keep in mind is to always focus on form, especially for any exercises that involve your shoulders. If you can lift with perfect form, then increase the weight, but stop when your form suffers. That's the best way to avoid injury while lifting free weights at home by yourself.

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8/8/19 11:15 A

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Ooh! Good topic! I have a question. I as well, am 5’1” but any lower body exercises just seem to make my big legs even bigger. GAH! Squats, lunges, etc. I was thinking about not doing any JM dvds or bouncing around to T25, etc. and just sticking to WALKING with alternate tummy and arm dvds. SO.....what is a good incline for a 30 minute workout that WILL NOT increase my legs but be effective enough to slim? YEAH! Probably nutin’! LOL. Diet is not the issue..pretty decent and drink a lot of water. Just trying to find the right workout for MY body type (short-pear shaped) 51 year young gal with Vienna Sausages as legs. LOLOL

Your thoughts...

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2/6/19 5:39 A

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3.5% is about 1/3 more effort than walking on the flat. Well done!!

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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RAYLINSTEPHENS's Photo RAYLINSTEPHENS Posts: 44,104
2/5/19 12:41 P

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I just wanted to come back to say emoticon
30 minutes of 3.5 & 3.5 and then another 30 minutes of 3.5 & 3.5 emoticon emoticon

Darn near beat my butt - but I got 'er done! Thanks again Motavated@Last
BTW, I only stopped to help a friend and then back onto the treadmill to finish the workout. I'm only 5'1.75" so 3.5 mph is really stepping.

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2/4/19 6:35 P

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Thank you Motivated@Last!
I'm not concerned about the calories but was looking for a recommended incline/speed and you provided it for me.
I'll do exactly what you suggested emoticon

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Each additional 1% incline burns about 10% more calories. 10% incline would burn double the calories at the same speed.

But you may have trouble holding what is double the effort.

I'd suggest trying to hold 3.5 mph at 3% - if you can hold that pace, then perhaps try 5% incline next time.

Random of course does add a little variety, and keeps things interesting mentally.

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2/4/19 3:46 P

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LiveStrong suggests that walking on an incline at 3.5 mph burns more fat - but nowhere in the article does it even hint at the needed incline - duh!

I live across the road from a "Rails to Trails" that is mostly 5% incline going North so I put the treadmill at 5.5% and higher and have made it to 3.5 mph.

Mostly I use Random at Level 10 so it goes from .5% up to 7.8% Inclines - I start slower and speed up as I warm up.

Would I be better choosing an incline - and what percentage should I target?
Or is the Random a better option?

I walk my dog 10 miles a day on average and now that he is funny about walking, I am using a treadmill and I'd like to improve myself if possible. I'd really like to start burning some of my multiple fat reserves, lol.

Thank you.

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