The Surprising Benefits of Training On a Treadmill

There’s been a debate for years about whether it’s better to run inside or outside, but research shows there’s no clear winner.

By adding just a 1 percent incline, you can get the same workout both indoors and out. There are, however, loads of benefits to treadmill running that you just can’t get outdoors.

All you have to do is lace up your sneaks, grab a water and hit the belt. See the benefits of running on a treadmill, along with class recommendations in your city below: 

Customize your run

No matter where you run, it’s never an easy path. But the hills and downward slopes are what really make your run both challenging and effective (and super fun, of course!) It’s not always possible to find a path near you that naturally has these twists and turns, but with a treadmill, you can easily create them. Most treadmills have profiles, such as Fat Burning and Heart Rate, that automatically customize and add variety to your run. You can also change it up yourself by playing around with the speed and incline to match your own fitness needs.

Control your pace

Whether you’re training for a marathon or just looking to improve your pace, running on a treadmill is optimal. When running outside, fatigue can automatically affect your pace (sometimes without you even realizing). The constant movement of the treadmill, however, forces you to keep your desired speed with just a press of a button.


Being outside has a ton of benefits, like sunshine, fresh air and lots of scenery to look at. Unfortunately, weather is unpredictable no matter the season. Rain makes your path extra slippery, while the sun can bring excessive heat and dehydration. Even going on a run at night can be a risk, since you can’t see as well and neither can those on the road. Treadmills let you run anywhere and anytime without the weather getting in the way of your safety.

Prevent injuries and aid recovery

Because the treadmill has a smooth surface, it is much easier and more comfortable to run on than outdoors. Don’t be mistaken, though, this doesn’t make your run any easier! It’s simply gentler on the joints, making them less susceptible to injury. And if you already have an injury, treadmills are the best option to ease your body back into running while you recover. This is also a great way to mix up your workout routine, and to supplement strength training.

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