Running Outside Vs. on a Treadmill


So you may think they are the same and that your burning the same amount of calories and whatnot, but they are very different. Here are the differences, but both are great for whatever kind of workout you decide to do.


  • Since the treadmill belt id moving, it takes less to run, making you run faster.
  • Can be great when weather conditions aren’t ideal for running outside (rain, hail, snow etc.. )
  • At night time, if you don’t live in the most ideal neighborhoods. – safety
  • Air conditioning can make it easier to run faster.
  • You can create “hills” using incline. Or using one of the programmed workouts on the treadmill.
  • Reduces impact on knees, ankles, feet and joints.
  • Running on a treadmill you use more of your quad muscle.
  • Can stop any time you want or need too (with the touch of a button)
  • You can watch TV while you do it
  • If you have kids, this might be easier to be able to watch them while you still get in a workout.

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  • Natural inclines and weather conditions, make it harder, so you work harder that if you were inside.
  • Engages more muscles and requires more energy.
  • Running outside you use more of your hamstring muscle.
  • You get different sights and views of wherever you are.
  • Burn more calories.
  • Sweat more (usually) since it takes more energy.
  • Cant really stop till you either get to your destination or back to where you started (this is why I mostly run outdoors haha)
  • You can go anywhere pretty much, for as long as you want.
  • More motivating. I like to set goals on either distance or how long I can go without taking a quick rest.
  • You can make fun new routes! (I got the “map my run” app, love it, it tracks distance, how long you go, all kinds of things).

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Whats going on currently?

Assess your lifestyle now. How are things going on with your life? Also think about the people around you….


Look at the food:

  • Are you eating healthy?
  • Can you eat healthier?
  • Is money for food an issue or worry?
  • Have you tried eating healthy and just didn’t like it? What didn’t you like?
  • Do you feel better or worse when you eat healthy?
  • What does your average meals look like?
  • Do you like to cook or prepare meals?
  • Do you know how much you eat or how much you don’t eat?
  • Is snacking an issue for you?
  • Do you feel like you don’t know what’s healthy and what isn’t?


Look at the physical exercise:

  • Do you workout? If so how often?
  • Do you get into ruts where you workout for 3 days straight and then quit?
  • Do you not know what to do when you step into the gym?
  • Do you like any other sports  or activities? (i.e. running, hiking, walking)
  • Do you feel self-conscious when you walk into the gym?
  • Does exercise hurt?
  • Would it be easier if you had a workout buddy?


Look at the Emotional/Mental side:

  • Do you think negatively about your body and/or life?
  • Are you depressed? If so why? (work, school, friends, family, weight, love life, social life)
  • Do you eat /not eat when stressed, busy, bored, upset, sad ?
  • Do you crave certain foods? (salt, sweet)
  • Did something happen recently or in the past to cause trauma?  Have you looked for help if so?
  • Are you ready to loose weight? If not why? If yes, why? Create pros and cons.
  • Are you afraid of failure?
  • Do you think its going to be difficult?
  • Are you scared of change and are you intimidated by it?

** IF an injury is present, seek medical help from your primary physician and if there are emotional issues, might want to talk to someone about that too. I know its scary at first, but its worth it not only for your healthy but for your well-being. **