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Are You Cheating Yourself by Choosing the Treadmill?

What's Better: the Treadmill or the Open Road?

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CELESTIALAXIS

2/23/2010 11:57:44 AM

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This worries me because I am training for my first 5k, which is on April 11. I live in New England and it's very cold right now, and I have asthma so I can't train outside until it warms up. At best, I'll be running outside a couple of weeks before the race for the first time. Am I going to be completely unprepared because I'm using the treadmill till then? I vary the speed and use an incline, and I'm increasing my total time every week to help my stamina. Now I'm worried it won't be enough!

COACH_NICOLE

2/23/2010 11:39:22 AM

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TINKER-SUKI-- Good question. All of this can be applied to both walking and running.

JR5641

2/23/2010 11:33:48 AM

I live in Chicago so unless it's from May - October, the treadmill can't be beat :D.

TINKER-SUKI

2/23/2010 10:46:37 AM

I have a question maybe I read the article too fast and missed it. Running is best outdoor for a better workout but, what about walking does this still apply?

TINIERTINA

2/23/2010 10:13:01 AM

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I have two bad feet with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, and will only occasionally use a treadmill, for level walking (slow pace) and stop before I am limping in pain, of course. I once went to the health club tired, and nodded out while slow, level walking on a treadmill (I was weighing at below my goal weight at the time, so the question of being "overweight=constantly tired" is irrelevant) and fell off of it onto the skidding area, almost hurting myself. I think being outside would keep you from "treadmill hypnosis".

--Tina

COWBOYMAMA

2/23/2010 10:11:10 AM

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I would much rather run or walk outside. Even though I have moved my treadmill near a window, it is still rather boring and I watch the clock. I love to bike and walk outdoors when the weather is nice.

Since I plan on participating in a triathalon this summer, I am going to start running outdoors as soon as the weather cooperates. I was in track for a bit in high school, but was more into jumping, so running wasn't high on my priority. I never thought I would want to run, but now it might bring a new dimension to my workouts.

RLMCCUE

2/23/2010 9:29:47 AM

I think that this is a really great article and gives me a lot to think about since I'm planning on taking up running in the future. I currently walk exclusively on the treadmill, and do speed intervals which vary the incline and speed at which I'm working, so I am getting some benefits over walking at a steady pace with no incline. I don't enjoy walking outdoors as much, but now I can definitely see the benefits and, especially when the weather gets nicer, will try to vary my walks (and eventually my runs) to incorporate both indoor and outdoor exercises.

DOPEY716

2/23/2010 7:44:57 AM

I think running outside would be the best for those that can run.
I have a bad knee and I have been using the treadmill,also 59 and won't take up running now.
Being outside is good for the whole body & spirit

STARLADYGS

2/23/2010 6:40:20 AM

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The biggest difference I found between doing the two is that I go further when I'm walking outdoors. If I go a mile and I'm tired, I still have to get back home, which burns up another mile whereas if I'm at home I just get off the treadmill.

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