Running Outside Vs. Running On A Treadmill
by Tanya Mcintosh
Every person has a preference when it comes to running. Some people like running outside while others like running on a treadmill. Both types of running have a unique way of working with our body and mind.
Running outside vs. running on a treadmill has its pros and cons. There have been many differences and how they impact health.
Did you know that Romans used the first treadmills? They used it for lifting heavy objects for construction purposes. Were treadmills also used for punishing prisoners? Yes, it is true. Prisoners sentenced to hard labor had to work on the treadmill for six or more hours.
Running on a treadmill or outside remains as one of the hot topics to debate. There is still no right or wrong answer to this problem.
Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, but they depend entirely on an individual runner to train according to his needs and goals.
Is running outside better for a runner than using a treadmill? What is the difference between the two? These are some of the common questions asked by many people.
Sometimes it is better to run on a treadmill for some workouts. Whereas, at other times, it is good to run outside and exercise.
Running not only helps in losing weight but also to keep a perfect balance mentally and physically. Running every day helps you not only tone your body but also reduces mental stress by increasing norepinephrine that moderates the brain’s reaction to stress.
Life gets tough to deal with when you gain a lot of weight, judging and staring at you for the pressure that you put on. Health issues also start with hypertension and diabetes. It is becoming challenging to shed weight once you gain it.
To put an end to the torture, I wanted to lose weight by following a natural routine. That is when I came across running, but it is very confusing to know the difference between running outside and running on a treadmill.
Let us learn some ways on how running outside and on a treadmill is beneficial for us.
Effects Of Running Outside
Stability improves when we run outdoors by helping us navigate the terrains.
It is a way of looking forward to a day of hard work or a day full of stress. Running outside helps us breathe fresh air, demands our body, and just enjoying nature and life. It is also free of cost!
Effects Of Running On A Treadmill
The treadmill sustains speed and performance levels.
Apart from running, you can also walk and jog, and customize your workout routine in a treadmill
Benefits Of Running Outside
More muscle work
It helps to burn more calories. Some researchers have found that the biomechanical patterns when we run on a treadmill versus when we run outside do not change.
Builds up bones
Adapt to changes
Benefits Of Treadmill
No weather excuse
Setting 1% grade of the treadmill helps to run the same amount as running outdoors.
Convenient and multi-task
Injuries and joints
Carbohydrates and fluids
When To Choose To Run Outside
Running outside also prevents us from getting bored. A scenery refreshes our mind, which motivates us to keep pushing forward. Looking at the time and blinking lights on a treadmill every day will demotivate a person. So running outside and feeling the airbrush through your body makes running outside worthwhile.
You also learn how to control your pace by running outside. While running, you learn how to adjust your body, helping maintain and find your own pace. By running outdoors, our collection gets used to even and continuous running.
So running outside is never a bad idea.
When To Choose To Run On A Treadmill
When you don’t feel safe, or it is too dark, it is rather wise to choose running on a treadmill than risking outside.
A treadmill is a good option as they have predictable surfaces to avoid getting injured while running on pavement, curbs, trails, or sidewalks.
Also, running inside benefits beginners who are not ready to run on a concrete surface and patients who have injuries.
On the other hand, if you plan to train yourself for a race or marathon, running outside will be more beneficial.
It is essential to find out what suits you the best include that in your workout routine for a good result.
My journey to healthy living started with the conscious decision to put in the necessary effort required! Healthy living and fitness is a complete lifestyle change that I embraced. The zeal to be fit both mentally and physically gave way for TGFFitness! It is something which I am extremely proud of and would not trade for anything.
The determination to live a healthy life all comes from wanting a balance in my life. When my mind and body are disciplined and focused, nothing can rattle me easily! Learning to train your body and mind is the beginning of a healthy and happy life. After years of training and working, I can safely say that I am ready to help anyone who is in need of my expertise.