Not sold on the effectiveness of this machine? Then keep on reading.
In this article, I’ll explain some of the benefits that treadmills have to offer in the hope of convincing you not to shun this machine anymore.
Let’s lace up and dig in.
Treadmill Benefit No 1. It’s easier on the body
Running on hard surfaces, like asphalt and concrete, may increase injury due to the tremendous stress on your joints. Thanks to the soft rubber surface, the treadmill provides extra cushioning to absorb much of this stress, therefore, helping you run longer and more frequently with little risk of injury.
Treadmill Benefit No 2. Forget About the Outdoor Conditions
While running outside, you’re at the mercy of the elements: traffic pollution, foul weather, the cold, unsafe streets, uneven road surfaces, and a long myriad of obstacles that can stand in the way of your running success.
The good news is that running on a treadmill can help you go over most of these obstacles—unscathed.
Treadmill Benefit No 3. Simulate A Race
Planning to run a hilly 10K? feel free to simulate that racing experience by increasing the incline on your treadmill.
All this in a controlled and “measured” way.
Treadmill Benefit No 4. Safer Than Running Outside
Running on the treadmill is safer than venturing outside, especially if you live in a dangerous city or have time to run at night
Outdoor running often means trouble: cracks, ruts, cyclists, cars, people, thieves, stray dogs, the wrong side of town, you name it. But, on a treadmill, you may sidestep all of these potential hazards.
This is more relevant if you run solo without the safety of a running partner or a group to run outside with.
Treadmill Benefit No 5. Privacy
For the self-conscious runner, the treadmill is the ideal training option, especially if you have a treadmill home—this is going to help you get fit without suffering the “perceived” public humiliation.
You set your own rules without peer pressure. You can run at your own pace and call it to quit anytime you want. No one is judging your performance.
Treadmill Benefit No 6. Pace Control
Unlike outdoor running—where it’s tricky to keep a consistent running pace—treadmill training helps you accurately track your pace and mileage. You no longer have to worry about running faster or slower than you intend to.
Treadmill Benefit No 7. Measurable Data
On a treadmill, you’ve plenty of data to keep track of, whether it’s speed, incline, calories burned, heart rate, step count, and so on.
That’s why if you’re looking to get more out of speedwork training—or any other “measurable” run—then the treadmill is your best ally.
Keep in mind that some of the data might not be that accurate, but it’s close enough. It’s better to have a poor map that’s leading to the destination than not having a map at all.
Treadmill Benefit No 8. Proper Form
Most runners have the slightest idea of how they look when running, but with the treadmill, you can always check your running form in the mirror.
Just keep your eyes on your body, not your face.
Or you can ask your training buddy—preferably someone who knows what good form should look like—to give you feedback.
Treadmill Benefit No 9. Challenge your Mind
A treadmill not only challenges your body but your mind, too.
Indoor running teaches you how to be patient, manage boredom and overcome your inner critic, especially if you’re training a long, tough race.
Training this way will keep your mind focused and on the goal in spite of slogging through the miles without any change of scenery.
There you have it! If you’re not a big fan of the treadmill, then at the very least, you should pay attention to some of the advantages it has to offer. Otherwise, don’t be so quick to judge. Lol.
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Keep training strong.