Try this Super Simple Walking Workout

Last week, I complained to a good friend over Google chat that I needed to workout, but didn’t really feel like doing anything. I’m pretty honest with myself about whether I’m being lazy or truly need a break, and lately my typical HIIT workouts are just too much — they leave me feeling weak and exhausted and not in a good way. Maybe it’s winter and a general lack of vitamin D; maybe it’s the huge career change I haven’t quite settled into, but right now, my body seems to be asking me to cut it some slack.

A Simple Treadmill Walking Workout

This particular friend happens to work for a major gym chain. “Do you want me to give you a workout,” she asked. I responded with, “As long as it’s low impact.” She immediately came up with a treadmill walking workout that included speed and incline intervals, and I totally did it. It was just what I needed to get my heart rate up a bit without the impact of high intensity cardio. I asked her if she minded if I shared it here, and she said go for it.

You can walk this. You can run this. You can do a combo, but I found this to be a perfect antidote to my high-intensity workout blues.

A SIMPLE 25-MINUTE WALKING WORKOUT FOR WHEN YOU’RE SHORT ON TIME & ENERGY

5 minute warm up at an easy pace
1 minute average pace (about .2 – .5 higher than warm up pace)
1 minute + .5 mph
1 minute average pace
1 minute + 1 mph (if walking, this should definitely be a “power walk” speed)
2 minutes average pace
1 minute + .5 mph
1 minute average pace
1 minute + 1 mph (if walking, this should definitely be a “power walk” speed)
1 minute average pace
2 minutes incline level 5
3 minutes incline level 10
5 minute cool down easy pace

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