Running Outside Vs. on a Treadmill

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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.

Inside:

  • 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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Outside:

  • 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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Tone all over Workout!

  • V- sit : Sitting on the floor with abs tucked in, slowly balance yourself on your butt only lifting your legs into a “v” angle. Hold for about 1 min – or as long as you can. To make it harder and challenge yourself you can always move your arms in a “running motion” back and forth. Or work on lowering your legs up and down without letting your heals touch the floor.

  • Toe taps – Find something that gives you a little step, whether you make your own out of a bench or use an actual step on your porch. As fast as you can your going to alternate legs and only tap your toes on the step. Do as many as you can for 30 seconds, rest for 10 seconds. Do 8 sets!

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  • Plank – basic planks. Balance yourself on your toes and forearms for as long as you can. Try to complete 3 sets. Note: your core should be the only thing holding you up…

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  • Single Leg Squat with a Kick-  you can do this on a step like she is in the picture, but its not necessary. You’re going to do a basic squat, driving your butt back and as you come up, kick out one leg balancing on the other leg. Repeat on other side. That’s one rep. So 3 sets. 15 reps.

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  • Lunges! 3 sets . 20 reps for each leg. (40 total per set)

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  • Mountain Climbers – in push up position, without letting your knee hit the ground, drive knee towards shoulder as fast as you can alternating sides. do as many as you can for 30 seconds. 10 seconds rest. Do 8 sets.

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  • Burpees – oh the basic burpee from grade school… have fun! Do 20

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  • High knees – as fast as you can, this is like a “standing mountain climber”. 30 seconds, 10 seconds rest. do 8 sets.

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Too Sick to Workout???

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So I often wonder if working out sick is bad or good, because sometimes working out DOES make you feel better even though it just sounds daunting at the time. So how do you know if you should or shouldn’t? This is what the experts suggest…

Yes, Work out if…

If you pass the “neck check” – meaning symptoms are above the neck, (runny nose, sore throat etc.. )

No, Skip the workout if…

If its the lower body, muscle aches, swollen lymph notes, fever, stomach, chills etc..

*only do what you can physically do, if you cant do it, don’t. Don’t push yourself too hard and if your sick it usually means you need to rest if for a couple days. You can get back on that wagon in a few days, things will be fine =)

Also, I’ve found out sometimes working out makes you feel better, you get to “sweat it out” and you get to bump up those feel good endorphins. Listen to your body.

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