Have you ever wondered if there’s any difference in running outside versus running on the treadmill?
There is, in fact, a slight difference. Outdoor running exposes you to wind resistance and a variety of different terrains, such as gravel, potholes, or hills. The treadmill, however, eliminates wind resistance and terrain by providing a controlled environment and a flat, smooth surface to run on. Therefore, the effort of running on a treadmill is less than that of running on a level road at the same pace. Many people assume that they can just increase the treadmill incline to 1% in order to make up for this difference in effort, however this is inaccurate. Shown below is a chart of the approximate equivalent efforts of running on a treadmill versus outside.
|Pace per Mile||Equivalent Paces by Incline|
Of course both forms of running are beneficial for your health! Here are some of the positives for both types.
Treadmill: constant environment (temperature, humidity level, and surface), variety of programs, less impact on joints, information displays, and safely able to listen to music (through headphones).
Outside: variety of routes and scenery, no equipment necessary, easily accessible – you can start running from your house, surface variation, and more realistic if training for an outdoor run/race.
Whether you prefer the treadmill or being outside, running is running! And it will provide you with amazing benefits!
Running provides numerous benefits that include:
- Improved mood and reduced stress by releasing endorphins in the brain.
- Improved cardiovascular health and reduced risk of heart disease.
- Improved circulation and immune function.
- Assisting in reducing body fat percentage.
So JUST RUN!