Treadmill vs. Pavement Running

Treadmill vs. Pavement Running

Running outside is fun and a nice change from the treadmill but requires that we be aware of our surroundings. Some of the benefits of running outdoors are; you can run anywhere, enjoy the scenery, get fresh air, and it’s generally more challenging as you expend more calories. Some prefer to run indoors while others prefer to run outdoors. Some pick where to run based on what’s more fun to them or what they have access to. There are specific differences between running on a treadmill and running out on the pavement.

Here are some of the differences between running on the treadmill compared to running on pavement.

  • The treadmill is easier on your joints as the surface is cushioned for impact.
  • You exert less force on a treadmill as the belt helps to pull your feet back.
  • No resistance to overcome from the natural elements on a treadmill.
  • If running outdoors for the first time, start out slow and progress.
  • If you want to run in an outdoor event, do most of your training outdoors.
  • The motivational benefit of a treadmill is that you can set a course and compete with time to finish it.
  • Outdoor running areas are hard to find for some people
  • More space for your body in the open air as opposed to a smaller frame on a treadmill. Running in such a small space can cause your muscles to tighten up and other long term problems.
  • Your pace slows down outside while treadmill is a forced pace.

Finally, if your goal is weight loss choose the surface you want to run on as long as you are moving. For weight loss perform some form of resistance training circuit/interval style on alternate running days as well.

Natasha Linton

Recognized as "Top Rising Star in Personal Training" by the National Fitness Hall of Fame and Museum, and the creator of Peak 20 Workout which was called a “great total body routine” by the senior fitness editor of FITNESS magazine, Natasha Linton is a New York City based fitness professional certified by the International Sports Sciences Association and holds several other certifications in health & fitness promotion. Natasha’s clients range from high school students to busy executives, from ex Marines to busy moms and from models to actors. Various media outlets such as WPIX Morning News, the Beauty Bean, Vital Juice, Heart & Soul Magazine,, CraveNY have featured Natasha as the fitness expert on a number fitness of topics. Natasha is a contributing writer for OnFitness Magazine and and is a frequent guest on Blog Talk Radio. Also, she has written for the Oxygen cable television network and Sugar & Spice Magazine. Most recently Natasha was named ALO (Air.Land.Ocean) clothing’s Fitness, Health & Wellness Advisor offering fitness tips to their audience through various social media outlets.