Treadmill vs Outdoor Running: Which Is Better?

30 Jan, 2016 | Dr. Malik | No Comments

Treadmill vs Outdoor Running: Which Is Better?

Are you a treadmill runner or an outdoor runner? Which one is better? This was the topic of a recent article in the BBC titled: Is it better to run outside or on a treadmill? (Full Article Here). The article reviewed the benefits between the two, here is a quick summary:

  • If you adjust your treadmill to a 1% incline you can compensate for the extra energy it would take to run outside.
  • People run on a treadmill slower than they would if they run outside
  • Treadmill running puts you at a higher risk of overuse injuries as each step is the same.
  • Running outdoors is a better stress reliever and helps the mind in more positive ways than running indoors.

It seems running outside has much better advantage than running indoors. However I think we can all agree, running whether outside or inside is a great activity all around.

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