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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