Running is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise for anyone who wants to improve their fitness levels or lose weight. However running outdoors is not for everyone – perhaps you are concerned about your safety or maybe you live in a busy town or city and the opportunities for running in the fresh air are few and far between.
If you want to run but prefer to remain indoors when you exercise then treadmill running may be for you. Here we look at some of the benefits of using a treadmill for a running regime.
1. Consistency and safety
As treadmills are kept indoors it means that if you use one you can choose exactly when you will run. No need to worry about adverse weather conditions, or if you need to fit in exercise in the evenings you won’t have to worry about running alone in the dark.
2. Surface control
The belt of a treadmill is consistently smooth unlike the great outdoors so there is less chance that you will fall or injure yourself on rough or uneven terrain.
3. Less impact
Running on roads and pavements can take its toll on your joints however treadmill belts generally have some built-in padding or shock absorption support to protect you from impact. These treadmill features can help to protect your feet, particularly the heels, and knee joints from injury. Reducing foot and joint impact can mean fewer post-running aches and pains and this will enhance not hold back your running regime.
4. Speed and incline control
With a treadmill you can control your terrain in a way that it is not possible if you run outdoors. At just the touch of a button you select your incline levels and choose to run in the way you want. If you want to push yourself harder you can simply increase the incline level.
You can also control the speed of a treadmill by setting the controls and adjust as necessary. Both these features help you to set your running goals and will make it easier for you to track your progress.
5. Prevent boredom
You can do other activities while running on a treadmill such as watch TV or listen to your favourite music – and this is easier still if you have a treadmill at home. Some people even manage to read books or magazines when using a treadmill, making it a great way to exercise and catch up on some other fun activities at the same time!