Saturday, August 6, 2011

Walking Treadmill Workout

Not sure if I've shared this before but I am not a runner. The most I've ever run in my life is 3 miles in a 5k, but it has been years since I've run that far. You runners and healthy living bloggers out there may laugh but my body just can't do it! I love the thought of running but it is not for me. The longest I can run is about 10 minutes at 6mph on the treadmill before my hips and knees start hurting (yes I am an old woman). I barely hit the 5 ft mark and my legs are super short so running takes a LOT out of me. So here is what I have to say about that...

Walking is the new running!

I used to turn my nose up to walking as a cardio workout but now it is my best friend. I usually start each workout with a 10 minute warm up walking at 4mph on a 5-6% incline and have been looking for a longer walking interval workout. Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life (love her blog!) posted an interval workout for runners so I commented asking if she knew where I could find a walking version. Just my luck! She sent me a link to one she had previously posted and told me to stay tuned for a new one! Later that day, she posted this workout and gave me a shout out!


I completed this sweaty mess workout that afternoon and I felt amazing! It was hard! Don't shy away from walking because you can get just as great a workout with less impact than running (and more of a booty workout). You have to try this one out! 
The aftermath...



Can't wait to try out Courtney's 45 minute walking treadmill workout below. 



The plan was to do this workout with my hubby today but I started a new leg workout yesterday and my booty is screaming so I'm thinking an easy walk on the treadmill and a good stretch.


Today Jon and I are celebrating August-mas (aka Christmas in August). It has been well over 100 for the past couple of weeks in Austin and we are dying. The plan for today is crank the AC real low, put up lights and a few decorations and watch a stack of Christmas movies :-). We are even exchanging gifts! If only they made tacky Christmas bikinis or tank tops....


Check back next week for pictures!



16 comments:

Heather from wearetheholdens.blogspot.com said...

I am going to try this... I don't have a treadmill but I do have an elliptical. And.. I love that ya'll are doing August-mas..so creative..so cute. :) I wanna know what you get??

Amanda said...

tell us what ur present is!! im totally trying that workout later! printin it out now :)

eva.stemler said...

Thanks for this Ruthie. I can't do the running thing either. Can't wait to try it.

Kirsten said...

Personally, I'm more of a walker myself. I really WANT to be a runner, it just doesn't work for me. I will definitely be trying this workout!

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gratefulmama said...

Running is painful, not sure our bodies are meant to do it. I love that you do Christmas in August!

Meg said...

Judging from the picture it was a great workout! I personally like running more than walking but I might actually give this one a try!

Belly B said...

Woah I have to try that out!!! I'm more of a runner than walker, but this looks really tough! Thanks for sharing!!!

Belly B :)

Claire @Navigating North said...

That looks like a good workout Ruthie! (Picture proof!)

I LOVE the walking workouts. I feel like sometimes you can focus on squeezing the leg muscles more on an incline rather ran running and you can get more out of it without killing yourself by running!!

Carolyn said...

I have tried the running thing too, and even though I want to be a "runner" I just can't get into it. LOL I'm definitely going to try this walking workout! :)

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

Tried this today! "Sweaty mess" is an appropriate name. I definitely got a good workout for walking. Had to break out into a run a few times because my short little legs couldn't walk fast enough. Thanks for sharing!

Becca

Mrs. T said...

See... I'd love to be to walk. But I get bored and a few minutes in and my body is begging to run! This is not good, as your body needs a break from running sometimes, and should be doing other forms of cardio. (such as walking, elliptical, etc.) But my gracious, I get so bored!! I wish I could walk!! I really do! I CAN'T! Maybe I'm a tad ADD? Who knows!

Tara said...

I may have to steal these charts from you...ha! I'm not much of a runner either. I have very weak ankles and I'm always afraid I'll have another bad sprain. I like using the elliptical machine as well as the treadmill, so I'll have to follow this plan and see how I do. I really need to get back into working out. The past year or so I've started having really bad stomach problems and issues with being tired a lot, so I've gained weight and I'd like to get it off again!

Felix Frank said...

Thanks for posting these routines to your blog. I am always looking for ways to mix it up. Can't wait to try them!

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

I've run that far. You runners and healthy living bloggers out there may laugh but my body just can't do it! Reebok 1410

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