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Are You Cheating Yourself by Choosing the Treadmill?

What's Better: the Treadmill or the Open Road?

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There's always switching around between the aerobic machines. My trainer had me aiming for 15 minutes on the treadmill, recumbent bike, and climber or elliptical. Started at 10 minutes per. That helped switch it around and make it more challenging. Report
I walk outside whenever I can but with COPD and CHF. the cold weather plays havoc with my breathing so when it's cold, I use my treadmill so I can still get my workout done! Report
I prefer the outdoors, but when it's -20F with 3 feet of snow outdoors, the treadmill wins every time. Report
I have done both, but prefer outdoors. I tend to hold my breath on the treadmill unless I consciously think about breathing. Outdoors, I don't have a choice. I get a much better workout. Report
Since there is snow outside it is the treadmill for me. Report
I definitely prefer outdoors for the sunshine (when I'm not walking after dark) fresh air and the constantly changing scenery. You don't meet people on your treadmill and I feel nauseous if I try to watch anything or read while walking on one. I'm not a fan of falling on slippery pavement but having done it 7x this winter already, I'm kind of getting used to it;) Tonight was -23F/-34C and definitely frosty but my head feels so much clearer getting out of the house. I walk in all extremes and wouldn't trade it for anything! Report
Point would really be whatever you prefer. For me it's outside. My wife has a treadmill, tried it a few times. Boring, got nowhere and took forever. I'll got outside, rain, cold, heat or humidity; my preference. Report
Point would really be whatever you prefer. For me it's outside. My wife has a treadmill, tried it a few times. Boring, got nowhere and took forever. I'll got outside, rain, cold, heat or humidity; my preference. Report
I would prefer to be outside, but snow and cold are not my friends so the treadmill it is in winter Report
When the sidewalks are covered with snow and ice it is treadmill. But Dearly Beloved and I are outside as much as we can. Report
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Walking outside is boring. I can use my equipment inside, not only do I get perfect weather every time, I also do not have to stop for traffic or watch out for obstacles.

This article obviously is in favor of "road" Too bad wasted time reading it. Report
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Road, so no like the treadmill Report
I like dancing on the treadmill. Then I found some guy on Youtube who does some really complicated moves on the machine! Report
I found a way to work both into exercise. An outdoor run is my "goto" cardio exercise. I mix road and trail running. If my specific target is weight loss, I will substitute a treadmill run during the week especially in winter. I tend to "sweat" more on a treadmill with a fairly high intense 60 minutes. Report
I much prefer being outside but when weather does not permit, it's inside. Report

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