Many of us will stick to running on the treadmill due to the convenience factor. We either have one in our homes or have access to one at the gym. We find it convenient because we don’t have to go out of our way to run on one. Whereas if you choose to go on a traditional run, you must go outside. And that takes a lot of effort, especially on extremely hot or extremely cold days. But, just how similar are the two? The answer may shock you!
Running on a treadmill may feel somewhat easier physically because the ground is being pulled underneath you and there isn’t any wind resistance. However, running outside demands more from your body because you’re doing all the work by pushing off with both your feet without the help of the moving belt.
A huge part of why street running is more difficult is because of the simple fact that you are outside. You have to deal with nature and the atmosphere. You have to deal with the wind blowing at you and uneven pavement. This can be harder on your lungs and legs.
You’ll notice that even though you can run miles on the treadmill, you may not be able to even run a mile outside. This is because treadmill running focuses more on getting your heart rate up and burning calories. Running outdoors helps build your endurance and strengthen your lungs because of the wind.
If you’re training for a marathon or something of that nature, try to get as much street running in as possible because that’s the only thing that will help you learn how to breath correctly and get use to the pavement and wind. You may also need different shoes for the pavement. Check out our guide on Choosing the Perfect Running Shoes to get an idea of what shoes you need for your feet type and the surface type of where you run.
Treadmills are a great choice for those who are just focused on shedding a few pounds or those hoping to get a little active. However, for those who want to really break a sweat and physically better themselves, street running is a far more effective option.