Should You Run on the Treadmill or Outside? - FITS®

July 19, 2019

There’s a reason some runners call it the “dreadmill.” Yet, for every runner who can’t stand stationary running, you’ll find one who prefers to run indoors. Even though this age-old debate is truly a personal preference, we’ve compiled a few questions you can ask yourself to determine the pros and cons of treadmills vs. outside running. Which one is right for you. 

Is your location conducive to outdoor exercise?

If you live somewhere with extreme temperatures — either hot or cold — or lots of precipitation — whether rain or snow — running outside might not be a very pleasant experience. In addition to weather, consider the area you’d be running through: is it safe? What’s the terrain like? Depending on your answers, you may be more likely to head indoors for your run.

What are your running goals?

If you’re training for an outdoor race, you probably need to ensure at least some of your training runs also take place outside. While cross training on a treadmill is possible, other factors like temperature, altitude and terrain may play a role in your ability to compete. However, if your only goal is to stay in shape, a treadmill may serve your purposes just fine.

Do you have any injuries to consider?

Treadmills can be easier on your joints and allow you to better control running conditions that might affect a health condition, such as heat or hilly terrain. However, running outside has been shown to have mental health benefits, so if you don’t have an injury to consider, it might be your best bet.

Do you have access to a treadmill?

While this might be an obvious deal breaker, it’s important to consider how your available options affect your choice. If you don’t have space in your home for a treadmill or a big piece of fitness equipment isn’t currently in your budget, you might find joining a gym is the right choice. 

What do you like best?

As important as all of these other questions are to ask, you aren’t likely to do either if it isn’t something you like. Don’t purchase a treadmill before trying one out and making sure it’s something you like to do. Many runners find that they’d rather run outside in the rain than inside on a treadmill, so all that matters is that you find something that works well for you.


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Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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