Running Outside or on a Treadmill, which is better?


Published on January 15th, 2013

San Diego has always been known for having fantastic weather all year round. Anyone who loves to run knows that it’s much better to run in 70-80 degree weather as opposed to extreme highs and lows. And living in San Diego you can almost be 90% certain that anytime you wish to go for a run, the weather should be more than welcoming. You might be questioning why anyone in their right mind would choose to run inside as opposed to outside. There are many advantages to both, check out a few of them below:

Advantages of running outside:

  • Of course the first advantage should be all the beautiful scenery you get to take in.
  • All the variations of inclines and declines will cause your legs to use different muscles; which may result in a better cardio and muscle workout.
  • If it’s a hot day outside you may get a chance to sweat and burn more calories. Alternatively if there is a nice breeze outside you can get a nice cool down when you start sweating.

Advantages of running inside:

  • The forward momentum of the belt will guide your feet back each step you take, causing less pushing motion and less strain on your knees and ankles.
  • Most gyms have TV’s mounted around the gym or in front of Treadmills, so it might make the time go by quicker.
  • No need to worry about bad weather… If its raining or cold outside, you can always work up a good sweat inside the gym.

There really is no way of telling which one is better than the other. The best way to figure this out is going to depend on your situation. If your job keeps you inside all day and you you may need some fresh air, so it would probably be great for you to run outside. On the other hand, if you are feeling a little knee discomfort or pain it might be wise to head into the gym and finish your run on the treadmill for awhile.

If you really love running… It should be good inside and out.



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