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 Treadmill workout: which is more effective:

I've been fairly committed to my treadmill for approx. 6 weeks now. Im not sure that I am seeing any real results. I am not overweight but Im not "in shape", if that makes sense. I am exercising to tone up and for general well being.

So here's by question: I do a 30 min "run" - 5 min warm up and 5 min cool down with a 20 min run in the middle. I feel its "ok" - not overly challenging, but still a workout. The other day I did an "incline" workout - 2 min walk/run, 2 min walk at 15% - same amount of time - 30 min. I find the "run" workout more of a cardio workout, but the incline workout - BURNS my legs - I felt it - all day and the next day. I also do sets of squats and lunges post treadmill - although I only started those about 2 weeks ago.

Which workout will get me quicker and better results: running or walking with the incline? Im looking for toned and defined legs. TIA
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 16 Apr 2012 9:24 AM
 19 Oct 2009
 Winnipeg, MB
justagirl
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The incline will definitely give you better results! Have you tried interval training? Where you give all you got for 2 minutes and then walk for 30 sec to two minutes and then give it all again... I find this keeps me from getting bored tongueold

Also squats and other type exercises are great if your looking for toning, cardio is better for fat burning.
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 16 Apr 2012 9:51 AM
 28 Dec 2005
 Winnipeg
Nuevodia
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The run on the incline will challenge your legs more.

What about sprint intervals? One minute at as fast as you can handle, one minute of walking at a comfortable pace, repeat. You don't even need the incline.
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 16 Apr 2012 9:53 AM
 13 Aug 2006
 Calgary, AB
Raynn
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I used to walk backwards on the tread for a period of time.. take the speed down low, even incline it if you like, and walk backwards.. I would do squats and lunges while walking on it as well..

Incline definitely gives you a better burn than just running, but try running on the incline in segments, running flat, running faster etc.. you will definitely feel more:)
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 16 Apr 2012 1:15 PM
 6 Apr 2012
Goose
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If you want toned and defined legs do squats, deadlifts, step ups, etc. Running is primarily a cardiovascular exercise.
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 16 Apr 2012 2:14 PM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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Thanks Ladies!

Goose - what are deadlifts? (I guess I could google that); and step ups? Using a standard staircase? And when doing these exercises, do you do them in sets? As you would weights? Im so green ....
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 16 Apr 2012 2:37 PM
 6 Apr 2012
Goose
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Do you only work out at home or do you also go to the gym?

For deadlifts you need either kettlebells, a weighted barbell, or dumbbells. You can check out deadlift vids on You Tube. There are many variations.

Step ups....you can use a bench, step platform, step with risers, etc.

If you have a stability ball you could do hamstring curls too.
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 16 Apr 2012 3:54 PM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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Yes - I have a small fitness room at home: weight bench, free weights, stability ball and treadmill. Im thinking of joining a gym in the summer - do you recommend it - even for beginners?

Thanks Goose!
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 17 Apr 2012 9:42 AM
 17 Apr 2012
PrincessPeony80
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Joining a gym can be a good thing if you are dedicated. I found I wasn't losing much on my own (using a treadmill eliptical) and then started doing classes at Goodlife in Ottawa. I was feeling more fit but still not actually losing inches so I took the plunge and tried personal training. I ended up with an amazing training, and have lost 25 inches overall in 4 months, and i've just had a baby. Joining a gym can be made easier if you hire a trainer, they will show you how to not waste your time.

Kudos if someone can work out on their own, but I know that i need a bit of a kick in the pants, so to speak.
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 17 Apr 2012 10:30 AM
 20 Mar 2006
 GTA
Aquablue
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 17 Apr 2012 7:30 PM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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Aqua - thanks!! Those workouts look intense but there's tones of variety - Im going to give a couple of them a try.
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
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