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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Don’t loose your Motivation on Vacation!

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So just because this is supposed to be your “relaxing and calm” time to yourself or with the family doesn’t mean you can’t stay on track with your new and improved healthy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, relax by all means but where ever you go I’m sure there will be plenty of fun activities you can do that will be  form of exercise so you wont feel like you’ve “fallen off the wagon” when you get back home.

You probably are going to plan some activities anyways, why not make them a fun workout too. =)

  • The Beach– Go for a nice sunrise/sun set run or even walk. Swimming. Paddle boarding. Swimming with dolphins. Deep sea diving, take a surfing lesson. Do some sunrise yoga. Set up a volleyball net and meet some new people. Frisbee. fishing (if allowed). Even building a sand castle will burn calories! Canoeing. Be a kid and go jump some waves.
  • The Mountains– Go for a hike, a run, or walk. Camping. Dirt biking. If its winter, Skiing, snowboarding or even sledding. Zip-lining. rock climbing. Canyoneering. (I like how I’m from Colorado and I can’t think of more….. LOL)
  • The City– Explore, walk, run, jog. If it’s a busy city they might have a race going on the week you’re there.

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Explore online different things in the destination you choose that you and/or family could do the week of your vacation. There is a few sites out there that are geared toward more physical activity and you can usually narrow down what you want to do by location and how many people will be with you.

  • Adventure finder.com
  • Groupon.com
  • afar.com

Plan ahead and look at different resorts. Do you want a resort with a gym? a pool? Some resorts have classes you can even take.

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