Treadmill vs. Stationary Running

I was asked a question today regarding the difference between running on a treadmill and stationary running (running in one spot without a machine) so I thought I’d clarify this point.

Running on a treadmill allows you to choose the speed at which you walk or run. You can take actual strides that simulate actual walking or running outdoors. It is physically easier than running outdoors as the ground is pulled beneath you and there is no wind resistance. Treadmills are usually padded and make the impact from running soft on your knees. (This is great if you are overweight or have knee problems)

If you don’t want to use the treadmill or run outside, it is very difficult to really “RUN” or “Walk.” You cannot “run” forward and stay in place..if so, it will end up being more like jumping up and down (like when you jump rope..I just tried it….) In this case, I recommend you just get a jumping rope instead. It can also give you a great work out.

If its running you want and not jump rope, I recommend either just running outdoors or on a treadmill. Running outdoor is physically more challenging, but you get the lovely scenery and fresh air. On the treadmill, you can control the speed and the time. You also don’t have to worry about the route or bumping into people and getting hit by cars. For me, as Bangkok is so hot I just opt for the treadmill. It also gives me less incentive to stop and walk. Outdoors I end up walking whenever I see people walking or at an intersection..its all too tempting! Happy running! 😀