There are many benefits to running on a treadmill, but have you ever considered that running on a treadmill may have benefits that you cannot get from running outside? Here are 6 ways a treadmill run is better than an outdoor run.
1. Easier Surface
Running on hard pavement or rocky trails can take a toll on your joints. On the other hand, running on a treadmill has a much smoother, more forgiving surface that will ease the aches and pains that you may normally feel on an outdoor run. The cushion below the moving belt of the treadmill softens the blow to the feet and helps prevent knee injury as described here.
2. More Fun!
You may be thinking this is a crazy claim! Who wants to be cramped up in a gym when they could run outdoors? Well, with today’s technology you can run all kinds of fun and challenging outdoor courses all from the comfort of your gym or home. Treadmills have the ability to simulate any kind of run you want, whether that’s a 3-mile run in New York City or a hill-filled run in Paris. That’s the benefit of being able to adjust the incline to suit your workout mood. And as an added bonus, you get to avoid the weather that may have otherwise slowed down or prevented your run entirely.
For obvious reasons, running outdoors doesn’t allow you to take the entertainment world with you. For a lot of people that is the point of running; to get away from technology and clear your mind. However, for some people, utilizing the TV that is situated right in front of the treadmill distracts them from the workout and even allows them to workout longer than they normally would. You may not dread going for a run so much if you know you get to watch your favorite TV show or stream Netflix while you are doing it. You may even end up looking forward to that part of your day!
4. Data Tracking
A treadmill will tell you exactly how far you have run, how much you have climbed, how many calories you have burned, and so on. You can easily monitor this information during your run without having to slow down or stop. Knowing all of this data allows you to create specific goals for yourself, pushing you to improve on each category every time you workout.
A treadmill allows you to set a pace and maintain it throughout the entire run. Maintaining a steady pace can be a lot more difficult while you are running outside. Setting a pace is also helpful to keep you going when you get tired or your motivation is running low and you want to slow down a bit. Slowing down on a treadmill is a conscious decision you have to make and requires pushing a button, whereas slowing down on an outdoor run can be unconscious and may go completely unnoticed.
Simply avoiding the dangers of running alone outside, in unsafe areas, or drivers who aren’t paying attention makes running on a treadmill a little more safe.