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Are You Cheating Yourself by Choosing the Treadmill?
What's Better: the Treadmill or the Open Road?
9/28/2010 5:10:28 PM
I use the treadmill and I walk outside when I can. I have health concerns and when the weather doesn't permit I use my treadmill and my stationary bicycle! I cannot run and just walk. I usuallu try for 4 times a week.
i would rather be outside any time, i hate the treadmill with a passion...i feel like im being punished, as where, when im outside, i get to enjoy the sun or the cool breeze, i feel like im doing something healthy and good for me
I have a treadmill, but I can run a lot farther outside. I can set myself mini-goals (one more lamppost, two more driveways). I have less motivation when it comes to sticking with the treadmill--sometimes the minutes seem to drag by. But, I just moved across country and don't have a good running route figured out without driving somewhere first. It's hot here, so I'd have to do that bright and early! I miss jogging around my neighborhood, but the treadmill serves its purpose.
5/20/2010 1:59:01 PM
For Anyone going through the rehab after arthroscopic knee surgery --- I was told don't use the treadmill as it pulls you along .... you want to strenghten your quads, muscle above your knee, and the treadmill does not work as well as walking.
I think this article is pretty biased. I think it makes sense to to both and to do what is easier for you to maintain motivation for, but this disregards the unbiased results of the treadmill. I was constantly overestimating my exertion outdoors. The treadmill allowed me to access what my output was.
3/5/2010 4:58:44 PM
i believe it is a personal choice, and the article states this,it tell u the pros and cons.I personally like walking outdoors,but when the weather is bad, you bet I will walk on my treadmill. By the way I LOVE my BOWFLEX!!!
In the first line, walking is mentioned. The rest of the article is about running. I am a walker. The article was of little use to me. I don't think most people should be running. Most people, when their foot drops, their leg angles out. They are damaging their limbs by putting too much pressure on them. Variety is an important factor for living a healthy fit lifestyle. I agree with one commentator, it is not fair to pit treadmills against outdoor running. Mary
I read this article and felt it was a 'downer' for me. I use a treadmill, of course. The benefits I feel are convenience, and the big one is safety. As a senior trying to lose weight, we could fall outdoors because of uneven surface, also we can control the temperature when we use our treadmill, therefore we can exercise year round. For some reason, the article just didn't do any thing for me.
The treadmill is easier on my knees. Plus, I can read a book, listen to music, watch TV, or do weight exercise with my arms. But I love being outdoors. The concrete is so hard on me. So I try to do both. I throw open the blinds, turn on the fan and the music, and do a variety of exercise on the treadmill most of the time. Other days I'll walk outdoors. Tammy
I'm in MN, so right now I'm running indoors. I was on a tiny track (20 laps/mile) but that got rough on my hip and knee with the tight turns. For now, I'm on a treadmill until it gets a bit less treacherous outside.
When the weather is nice (anything short of snow/ice) I'm outdoors! I can't WAIT for the snow to melt and the paths to be ice free again. I've been doing my best indoors for my half in May but I really want to clock some road miles. The track is closer than the 'mill for showing my endurance but it's still not 100% accurate.
I need to get out on the road and do my 10-13 mile long run to see how it goes. I've got a 10 mile race on March 13th. Hopefully it'll go well and I'll feel confident for my Half. :D
Celestialaxis, do you have the option of running on a track as part of your indoor training? That might be one way to overcome some of the issues. Last year I was kind of the opposite - I ran on the indoor track at our Y, which needs 13 laps to make a mile. I had to overcome a hesitation to run outdoors, and then a fear of running on the treadmill. I still prefer the track to the treadmill if I can't run outdoors, but the pacing and incline features of a treadmill are pretty nifty!
Just make sure you get a couple of outdoor runs in before the 5K event - maybe even at the course if possible, or something similar (e.g. on sidewalks and crossing roads, or on park trails - depends on your event). It is a different experience than the treadmill!
I love the treadmill because it makes me really conscious of each step I am taking, my breath and my posture. When I am outside, I'm too busy looking around.
The Privo athletic shoes I wear have extremely flexible soles with bumps on the insole.... the treadmill it helps with the whole heel to toe motion... so it feels like my feet are getting a massage as I walk. Additionally the belt is like walking on grass rather than concrete.
Great article. Of course the better of the two is always the one you're gonna do. : )
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