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Running on a treadmill vs. running outside. What is the difference?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ok, I have been running for over a year now. That in itself is amazing because I am an asthmatic. I usually run at 6000 ft above sea level because I live in Colorado. I am currently in Florida helping my parents who are going through some health issues. It is way to hot and humid for me to run outside here, but my parents have a club house where they live and there is a weight room. I started using the treadmill and running in air conditioning.
I am amazed at how much easier it is to run on the treadmill then to run outside. My question is: Is it easier to run on a treadmill normally? Is the reason it is so much easier because I am at sea level? Also does it burn as many calories running on a treadmill as it does running outside?

Normally I run/walk, 5 to 12 minutes of running and 2-3 minutes of walking. I can do this for 3-5 miles. On the treadmill here in Florida, I have been running for 60 minutes straight without stopping!! Why can't I do that running outside? Just a few of my running questions. If you have any answers please let me know.
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2BEABETTERME 8/28/2012 9:18AM

    Running on a treadmill is much easier! The belt propels you forward and your body doesn't have to work as hard as when you run outside. The belt on the treadmill is also more bouncy than running on pavement or other outdoor surfaces. I think you would burn more calories outside; but, a heart rate monitor would be the best judge of that.

I hope your parents are on the mend!
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