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5/23/13 5:04 P

For me it's totally a mental thing. The treadmill seems "harder" I think because it's so monotonous. My workouts seem to go by so much faster and feel a lot easier when I am outdoors. I think this is because I am able to focus on and enjoy my surroundings instead of staring at a wall. I've tried watching T.V while on the treadmill but I'd much rather be outside and see other people out exercising, dogs on walks and kids playing soccer at the field near my house!

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5/23/13 4:00 P

It took me a little bit to figure out how to walk on a treadmill when I started using one regularly. My stride is a bit different on a treadmill compared to outside so it threw me until I got used to it.

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5/23/13 3:04 P

They're not that different. Is this purely mental? Do you have some kind of block about using a treadmill?

If you can do 4mph outside, you should be able to do it on a treadmill. It's the same biomechanics, it's not like you're comparing a treadmill to an elliptical.

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5/23/13 2:13 P

I'm puzzled. When I walk outside I can do 4+ mph even with hills/inclines. When I am on my treadmill the best I can do is 3 to 3.1 mph. If I turn it up to 4 mph I have to run. This is true even without an incline but I usually set it about 5% and do hill intervals. Another puzzler...I seem to burn less calories outside walking (with hills/inclines) than I do on the treadmill. How can I be walking faster and putting the same amount of perceived effort and still be burning less calories? Can anyone explain why these are so different? Thanks!

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