Treadmill VS Outdoor Running: Which is Better?


How Effective is Treadmill Running Compared to Running Outside?

Running terrain makes all the difference in training. Running on the treadmill is easier than running outdoors, for a variety of reasons. One reason is that the treadmill belt assists leg turnover, making it easier to run faster. So most runners find that their pace on the treadmill doesn’t correlate to their road pace.

Also, some of the soft tissue conditioning or “hardening” that occurs with road running does not occur with treadmill running because the plate or base on the treadmill “gives” more than road surfaces. And, obviously there are no weather conditions to deal with when running indoors.



Are You Cheating Yourself by Choosing the Treadmill? What’s Better: the Treadmill or the Open Road?

When it comes to running (and walking), you have two types of people: those who adore the outdoors and those who would rather have their try at the treadmill. I’ve heard countless reasons from each type of runner on exactly why they choose to run indoors or out, but for the newbie runner, it can be confusing. Which is better? Is there really a big difference between the treadmill and the sidewalk? Which offers a higher calorie burn? What are the pros and cons of each option?



Biomechanics Expert Debunks Treadmill-Running Myths

Many commonly held beliefs about treadmills fail scientific scrutiny.

“People have a bias against treadmill running–that real runners don’t do it, or that it changes your leg movements. It’s all garbage. We found some minor changes, but they weren’t the ones people expected, and they don’t affect anyone’s running biomechanics.”



Is it better to run outside or on a treadmill?

It’s not something I’ve really thought much about before, possibly because I’m not that crazy about running, but it’s certainly a topic that divides running enthusiasts. So what are the arguments, for and against?

For me outdoor running has clear advantages. It’s far more varied and I have yet to convince my dog that watching me on a treadmill is as much fun as running through the fields. But the best advice, especially if you’re starting out, is to pick the kind of running that you enjoy and which you’re likely to stick to. If that means heading to the nearest treadmill just remember to vary the speed and the incline.