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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Tip of the Week #4 Add an Incline, use momentum and explore!

Whether your on a treadmill, Stairmaster or outside in the mountains or in your very own neighborhood, hills add resistance and power up your calorie burn, Even an incline as small as 3- 5 can add about 20% more resistance to your workout. So get active and add that incline baby!

Aim for bigger strides when your walking, and use your arms for balance as well. Naturally when you walk, your elbows are bent at the middle (90 degree) and tuck your arms so they are close to your body, You’ll increase your speed this way. Hence, the faster you move, the more calories and fat you burn.

Go up to the mountains, or go “off road” its harder for your body to handle hills, rocks, and trains than the man-made sidewalk. Push your limits, climb rocks and bring out your inner child. Have some fun!

Treadmill Workout #1 (15 min)

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This is usually a nice little warm up!

Time :                         Speed:                                              Incline:

5 min                        3.5 mph                                                     1%

1 min                         4.5 mph                                                    6%

2 min                         3.5 mph                                                   4%

1 min                         4.5 mph                                                    6%

2 min                         3.5 mph                                                   4%

1 min                          4.5 mph                                                   6%

2 min                         3.5 mph                                                    4%

1 min                         Slowly decrease speed to a stop           1%