Up front, I completely agree with the article.
That being said, I don't use a treadmill, I use an elliptical. That reduces some of the "negatives" given for the treadmill.
I don't enjoy running distances; with exercise-induced bronchospasm, the bouncing my body does when running triggers some rather unpleasant symptoms when I run more than about 2/3 of a mile or so. Further, if the temperature is below about 35 degrees F, it's too cold for me to run; cold affects me more than it does most people. I don't have either problem on an exercise machine.
Finally, I am very interested in the outdoors, and there's nothing I like more than a hike. The difference between walking / hiking and running is this: when I see something interesting, I want to stop. When "running for fitness", stopping breaks the rhythm of running, but it's all part of the program when hiking or walking. Indoors, that's not a problem; there's no reason to stop, so I go for the proper amount of time, no more.
So really, the point is, do what works for you, as long as you're doing something.
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