Should you run indoors or brave the winter weather? You’ll improve your fitness either way, but both treadmills and outdoor running offer unique benefits. Our guide covers what you should know about running on a treadmill vs. outside, how to select the best treadmill running shoes, and more!
Many runners find that time passes more quickly when running outside. You can use your run to explore new places or even run errands, run on a trail for an escape into nature, or include hills for a high-intensity workout. Challenging weather is the most obvious drawback, but the proper gear can keep you warm and dry in just about any condition.
Other runners prefer running on the treadmill vs. outside because it’s easy to control your pace, measure the calories you burn, and measure the distance you run. It’s also a good option if you don’t feel safe running outdoors, especially if you only have time to run after daylight hours. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about bad weather coming to your treadmill.
If you’re new to treadmill running—or running in general—you’ll need to know how to get the most from your workout while reducing your risk of injury. Keep these treadmill running tips in mind:
If you run both outdoors and indoors, you may want to invest in a pair of shoes specifically for your treadmill runs. The best treadmill running shoes are designed to provide stability and shock absorption while remaining lightweight and comfortable. Look for these features when making your purchase:
Looking for more treadmill running tips? A licensed physical therapist can help you with everything from preventing injury and working out safely after recovery to finding the best treadmill running shoes to fight overpronation. Visit us at an IMPACT Physical Therapy location in Chicagoland or Champaign-Urbana, or request an in-person or virtual visit online!