Treadmill running has taken over the conventional method of running outdoors, since early 2000. They seems to be trendy, and available 24×7 inside your own house.
Treadmills make it easy to put in a fast, effective workout in less than ideal weather!
Theoretically, running on a treadmill seems to have an advantage over running outside because, treadmill allows you to have multiple transformations within a single unit. You can have more inclination like, you’re running an uphill. Or, you can change speed, measure time intervals and check your heart rate with every step!
Perfect! But, latest reports are against the use of treadmill for running! Let’s check out why?!
Is running on a treadmill as good as running outside?
“The treadmill is not bad for your body,” says local physical therapist Dr. Jamey Schrier. “The body is bad for the treadmill.”
This clearly indicates, moderation use of treadmill is not harmful. But, if you depend upon the treadmill for extreme exercise, you are bound to injure your feet, knees and hips.
To understand why treadmill running is harmful, you need to know, the difference between running outside and on a treadmill.
What is the difference between running outside and on a treadmill?
There are few differences, let’s have a look one-by-one:
- Lack of wind resistance while running on a treadmill – This causes significant difference between the two. This difference can be neutralized by inclining your treadmill by 1%. It is proved that, the inclination of 1% in the treadmill can be compared to the resistance of wind when you run outside.
- Difference in VO2 (Oxygen consumption by the body)
- Constant speed on treadmill versus variable speed while running outside
Benefits of running outside as compared to running on a treadmill
Clearly, there are far more advantageous points that favor running outside as compared to treadmill running. Let’s check them out –
In case, if you’re short of time, just watch this 2 minute video –
Poor Oxygen Consumption in Indoor Treadmill Runners
Poor VO2 (max) in indoor treadmill runners – VO2 is an enigma! Most people are unaware about the proper use of this term. This simply means, how much volume of Oxygen is being taken up by your body to deliver it to the muscles! Means, higher the number, better your body is!
So, when you exercise indoors, there is a scarcity of fresh Oxygen. This causes re-breathing of CO2 by the body, hence lowering your VO2.
Constant speed causes early wearing of the pressure points
While running on a treadmill, your body faces constant stress on certain points. This is due to constant speed which you set on the treadmill screen before running. This is seldom seen in people running outside, as their speed is constantly changing.
Constant stress for a constant period of time, leads to early wearing of the pressure points, mainly knee joint and hips! Joint and ligament damage is more commonly seen in treadmill runners.
On the other hand, outdoor runners naturally vary their steps based on terrain.
Lack of sunshine
The sunshine Vitamin D is only available when you run outdoors. It not only helps to strengthen the bones, but also plays an important role in prevention of many chronic health problems.
Treadmill running is boring
Unless you’re well equipped with the enormous sized TV, or have an appetite for Podcasts and Learning, running on a treadmill is very, very boring! On the contrary, running outdoors is exploring, meeting new friends, and enjoying the beauty of nature right next to you!
It is seen that, runners exerted more energy outdoors than indoor treadmill runners. This is mainly because of wind resistance, which is equal to 1% incline as explained earlier.
It is seen that treadmill runners overestimate their running speed. But, actually you can train yourself to run faster outdoors while spending equal amount of energy.
Positive Attitude & Mental Well-being
Research shows, outdoor sports are linked to more positive attitude and mental well-being!
Not everything we compare is applicable to all sections of the society. While treadmill running has some moajor disadvantages, but running outdoors can have a few of them too!
So, I leave it to you to decide, what’s better? The Treadmill running or the Outdoor running!
Leave a comment below and help me to know, what suites you more!
Thanks for your valuable time!
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