Is walking on a treadmill with an incline bad when you are overweight?


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A study in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise indicates that it's safer for an overweight person to walk on an inclined treadmill than on level ground. A slower pace and increased incline protects joints in the knees and hips by reducing the impact of the motion's joint pressure.

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The purpose of exercise is not only to lose weight but also to improve the cardiovascular system. The study has also indicated that using an incline treadmill and a slow pace maintains the equivalent cardiovascular benefit that is observed when moving at a faster pace on a flat surfaced treadmill.

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