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I've been reading about running at an incline of 1%. What is that on a treadmill? My treadmill, which I assume runs like everyone else's gym treadmill goes 0.5, 1, 1.5 etc. etc. Is 1 considered 1%? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I asked google and all I got was the same 1% talk and the myth discussion, no numbers.
Thanks!

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Original Post by meowphotog:

I've been reading about running at an incline of 1%. What is that on a treadmill? My treadmill, which I assume runs like everyone else's gym treadmill goes 0.5, 1, 1.5 etc. etc. Is 1 considered 1%? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I asked google and all I got was the same 1% talk and the myth discussion, no numbers.
Thanks!

On my treadmill, incline is in percentage.  So 1 = 1%

if you don't mind me asking, I have not heard anything about running on a 1% incline, can you shed some light about the negatives or positives for doing this??

Thanks so much!

When I run on a treadmill I use a .5% or 1% incline.  Sounds like nothing, and it really isn't, but it helps manage my shin pain.

Original Post by dlish22:

if you don't mind me asking, I have not heard anything about running on a 1% incline, can you shed some light about the negatives or positives for doing this??

Thanks so much!

Treadmills aren't as difficult to run on as when you are propelling yourself forward and the muscles work in slightly different ways. The idea is that 1% should be enough to make your treadmill run more like a natural run, but many don't agree. Part of the reason why running outdoors is harder is because every step is different and different surfaces provide different challenges to the body while running.

 

 

run at at least 3 %. It's the most equivalent to running on a relative flat surface outside. I would also recommend alternating the incline and speed as you run since interval training is much better for your heart/lungs and burns more cals!

makes sense, I'll for sure add that to the morning tredmile routine :)

thx for the reply

Original Post by fitnessgirll:

run at at least 3 %. It's the most equivalent to running on a relative flat surface outside. I would also recommend alternating the incline and speed as you run since interval training is much better for your heart/lungs and burns more cals!

In case you needed a second opinion, Ive also heard this.

Even when i switch to outdoors its still a little difficult, but its a good starting point!

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