Running up slopes offers higher benefits than you think.
Slope running should be included into our workout as often as possible, especially when we can afford to run out. Not only it helps to burn a greater number of calories in a shorter time but it also significantly increases athletic performance, especially for those who love cardio.
Why slope running?
Running up slopes requires leg muscles much more than running on flat ground. So even if it is difficult, do not avoid the hill in the park just because it will run you out. Exceed your limits because stronger muscles mean higher running speed, improved metabolism and more intense calorie burning.
When running on inclines, legs get tired more easily. But we involuntary switch the effort on the part to the upper body, especially the arms, which translates into a stronger core and a better posture. Your arms should be swung, it is necessary to move them slightly to the front and back to help power those legs up the slopes.
Running up the slopes helps to reduce the risk of injury.
How? Simple: leg muscles work harder, particularly the thighs, and thus decrease the risk of a “runner’s knee” condition called “patellar tendinitis” which a lot of runners suffer from, and other athletes such as basketball or volleyball practitioners.
You should note that such an effort can be dangerous for a person who is not accustomed to the movement and sports in general. Start easy, do not force yourself, and soon no hill will be too much of a challenge for you.
Warrior Bootcamp's Thursday and Friday running classes incorporate slope running to increase your VO2 max, stamina and power in running.