After a year of a few days of resistance training and a few days of treadmill intervals each week, I started a Cto5K program. Finished that and moved onto longer distances. Can't stand treadmills now. Too tedious and I'd much rather be out on the trails and roads getting somewhere.
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7/16/14 5:08 P
Running outside is more pleasant. And I can't just run or walk on a treadmill. I do like the treadmill as a tool because I am able to push myself harder when I walk. I usually do run/walk intervals on the treadmill.
Difficult because it's demoralizing. Why do the treadmill indoors when I live in such a beautiful location and could be outside exploring? And outside is a better work-out because there is elevation gain and uneven terrain which builds ankle muscle and roots and trees to jump/climb over which builds coordination and agility.
I find the treadmill is "easier" on the knee joints for sure.
For walking, I don't really find any difference between the treadmill and walking outside - I could do either for hours.
For running, I know having run outside plenty that the treadmill can be easier because the floor is moving... but I keep a higher pace on the treadmill (about 6.5-7 mph) for a 5km run and once I complete the 5km I'll kick up the speed to 8-9mph for 2 minutes or so for a sprint... just to kill myself. Then I finish up with a 2 minute walk at 3.5-4mph to cool down and get the heart rate slow enough to measure again!
I make the most of the features available on the treadmill, it's a great tool and my favorite cardio exercise by far.
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7/16/14 8:15 A
Motivated@Last - thank you so much for you post, that makes a lot of sense! I probably don't notice the wind resistance much because of walking, but I'm sure it would make a big difference running, as would the impact of less give on the road.
StormyFanning - me too! I can very comfortably walk a 15 minute mile outside but if I set the treadmill to that I feel like it's a crazy speed walk pace and it makes clumsy me uncomfortable/scared. I just compensate with incline and go slower.
Floradita - I find it boring too. Not too boring to do at all, but it's not my favorite. However, I work overnights and am lucky enough to have a treadmill in an exercise room where I work. It's so nice to be able to get a quick walk in during the workday and sometimes it's the pick-me-up I desperately need at 4 or 5 am to get me through the shift. I used to have a friend I could walk outside with, but she switched shifts and I don't want to walk outside at that hour alone/can't always anyway due to the weather.
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7/15/14 3:22 P
I find the treadmill one of the most difficult forms of exercise mainly because to me it is so BORING. I can hike outside for hours in difficult terrain because I love being outdoors. I can play tennis non-stop for 2+ hours because it is my passion but stick me in a gym on a treadmill and I can barely stay on it for 15 minutes. It is a total mind thing for me, if I don't enjoy it, I won't do it.
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35 7/15/14 2:47 P
There is more "give" in a treadmill belt than a sidewalk, and yes, runners may notice the difference in impact more than walkers.
Runners and walkers create their own wind as they move forward. Wind resistance increases with the cube of your speed, so a runner at 6 mph will experience 8 times the wind resistance of a walker at 3 mph. Even at 6 mph, wind resistance is pretty small, but it's not nothing. Of course, there is no wind resistance on a treadmill.
Each 1% incline requires roughly 10% more effort - even 1 or 2% incline may be significantly more effort than you think.
Another big difference is that your eyes expect to see your field of view changing as you walk forward. When it doesn't on a treadmill, your eyes can report a mismatch, and this may be why it "feels" fast.
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7/15/14 5:43 A
I had noticed that as well- I can easily walk a mile in 15 minutes, but when I set the treadmill on '4 mph' it felt like a much faster pace. I finally had to ignore the number and base it on how hard I felt I was working. I do know that after training for a run on a treadmill, switching to the road was a lot more resistance, which meant I was undertrained. I read somewhere once that a treadmill on 0% incline is actually a downhill slant, and you have to raise it to 1 to make it level ground. I don't know for certain if that is true, but I always found ramping up the incline was the best way to kick up my heart rate. Since I'm a klutz and get nervous going faster on the treadmill!
I've read quite a few places that when you're used to working out on a treadmill, switching to the road or a track can be quite the wakeup call and it's much harder. However, I seem to be experiencing the opposite. My natural walking pace when I walk outside or on trails seems too fast when I try to do it on a treadmill. I do often set a decent incline on the treadmill, but I notice it still feels fast even at a 1-2% incline which is what is supposed to "offset" the treadmill belt and make it more like walking/running outside. Is the convention about it being easier moreso for runners than walkers maybe?
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