Have you ever noticed that people in the gym can run on the treadmill for hours and hours? Why is that? But when you take that same person outside they cannot even run for 5 minutes. This is very interesting.
When you run on a treadmill you are getting assistance from the machine. Gravity and your body weight is taken out of the equation because of the forward movement and assistance of the treadmill. This makes running on the treadmill meal easier for a lot of people. People can run on the treadmill me longer which will help you burn a lot of calories. Another benefit of the treadmill is that you can set it at an incline which can increase the intensity of the run which will help accelerate both fat loss and weight loss. Running on the treadmill can also be boring since you are not moving around anywhere. It’s almost like a mouse you see running in a cage.
When you run outside you are doing all the work. You have your bodyweight and gravity that you have to account for when you run outside. This makes it very hard for a lot people. But if a person runs outside often their body will adapt to it and it will help accelerate fat loss and weight loss while building muscle. A beginner might not be able to run that long in the beginning but if that person stays consistent with it : that person will be running for a much longer time while increasing their fitness level. Another benefit of running outside is that you are getting some good vitamin D and fresh air. You can go on different running trails with nice views which will make the time go by faster.
So here’s my final take on running outside versus running on the treadmill. I personal prefer running outside. It can to go to different places to run and challenge myself. I can see beautiful things when I run outside. It helps keep me athletic and better prepared for every day life in the physical aspect. It helps me build muscle which helps with both fat loss and weight loss. The time also is more enjoyable and the time goes by fast. On the other hand I’m not a big fan of the treadmill but it does have its benefits. If I did do the treadmill I would do it at an incline to keep the intensity high. But the problem I see with the treadmill is that most people hold on to the rails when they run on the treadmill. They keep the treadmill flat. In everyday life we don’t have anything to hold on when we walk. If a dog is chasing you, you’re not going to have anything to hold on to when you’re running. Sticking to running outside will help you prepare for things like this. And besides being like a mouse running in cage when you run on the treadmill : at least you are moving which is a lot better than the person that is sitting on the couch. Overall to get the most bang for your buck : get outside and run, and see your health and fitness level take off to another level.