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Are You Cheating Yourself by Choosing the Treadmill?

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Credit: SashaW

When it comes to running (and walking), you have two types of people: those who adore the outdoors and those who would rather have their try at the treadmill. I’ve heard countless reasons from each type of runner on exactly why they choose to run indoors or out, but for the newbie runner, it can be confusing. Which is better? Is there really a big difference between the treadmill and the sidewalk? Which offers a higher calorie burn? What are the pros and cons of each option?

In order to clear up confusion and settle this debate once and for all, we’re pitting treadmill running vs. outdoor running. In this head-to-head match, we’ll rate indoor and outdoor running’s pros and cons on different and important variables. Read on to find out which type of running reigns supreme for you!Jenn


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  1. Fiona says:

    I adore running outdoors more than anything in the world. I just feel mucg better running outdoors and I stand by that. I have tried the treadmill and I realized that my joints hurt more. However, outdoors, the fresh air is calming and I breathe better after running outdoors. I have also improved my pace and distance. All I do is run, I say to myself, okay just push it to the next street light and then the next and then the next. By the time I get back home to trace my path, I realize that I have run further than I thought I could. I just find the motivation. During winter months, I would just have to be creative in dressing warmly (we do not have snow in Houston except, once every decade LOL) and enjoy the outdoors running.