Interesting article, and in an ideal world, outdoor running/walking would be preferable to using a treadmill indoors. However, I have severe allergies, so that limits my outdoor time in certain seasons and when it's windy. Ironically, I live in an area with mild winters so cold weather is not a detriment to outdoor workouts.
Another consideration is pollution - from cars, factories, construction activity. It can be healthier to exercise indoors for some of us.
Also, I live in a semi-rural area where there are no sidewalks, making running a dangerous activity. The roads have no shoulders and there are many have blind curves. I'd be crazy to run in this environment, because I'm not always visible to the oncoming traffic. Not to mention wild animals like coyotes, skunks, and bears - oh my!
So, I'll stick to the treamill at the gym - and not feel guilty about it. At least at the gym I have several different types of equipment to choose from to vary my workout - treadmill, elliptical machines, weight machines, bikes, rowers, and free weights - and an indoor pool. So, I get a great workout.
- 2/19/2012 10:51:27 AM