Today let’s briefly discuss treadmill running vs. outdoor running, read on to expand your brain and knowledge!
First of all, both are great forms of cardiovascular exercise! Running is not for everyone, nor is it the only type of exercise you should do, but it is great to incorporate into your routine. Here are a few cool facts about indoor and outdoor running:
- Walking or running indoors requires less effort than moving at the same speed outdoors (According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research). This is due to factors such as wind and uneven terrain. A breeze of 9mph can increase energy expenditure by about 5%, and an uneven surface can up expenditure 10%!
- According to the same study, increasing a treadmill’s incline to 3% most closely resembles the energy output of an outdoor run (without any hills).
- To replicate an outdoor track, elevate your treadmill to 1% incline. (A track is level and usually an even surface – that’s why only 1% grade on a treadmill effectively mimics your energy output on a track)
- Running uphill activates 9% more muscle each stride compared to exercising at the same intensity on level ground (Researchers at the University of Georgia)
- The impact of running on a treadmill can be very hard on our very important knee joints, but did you know that increasing the incline just 3% can decrease joint shock by 24%! (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise)
Well now you can say you learned something today! Questions? Thoughts? Let me know :)
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