Running is one of the most popular forms of cardiovascular exercises and it offers numerous health benefits, too, including improved heart rate and enhanced metabolism. In order to enjoy these benefits, you can either run outdoors and explore different terrains or run indoors on exercise equipment such as treadmills. The latter offers the following benefits.
For starters, you can run indoors irrespective of the weather conditions outdoors. People who run outdoors have to worry about the possibility of weather changes and they may need to carry items such as sweaters or water bottles that may hamper their running progress. Fortunately, most indoor running settings and facilities such as gyms provide a temperature-regulated environment, thereby enabling people to run even if conditions outside are humid and hot.
Secondly, indoor running is generally less strenuous than outdoor running. Of course, exercise does not need to be physically grueling in order to be effective. Outdoor running terrains may have features such as rocks and concrete that may strain or hurt your legs and feet. If that were to happen, it would significantly reduce the distance you can cover per session. On the other hand, you can run for longer periods indoors since the conditions are less arduous but effective. What’s more, equipments such as treadmills have shock-absorbing features and offer even running surfaces.
Thirdly, racecourse runners can simulate different types of terrain conditions on a treadmill indoors. If you are training to run in events such as marathons, it is important to ensure that you prepare to run on a terrain that matches the actual marathon course. Unfortunately, you may live in an area that is too hilly or too flat in comparison to the marathon course. By running indoors on a treadmill, you can simulate running on different terrains by adjusting the incline angle.
Fourthly, running indoors is also beneficial because it is relatively safe. By running on a treadmill, you can avoid outdoor hazards such as the risk of animal or human attacks on secluded running tracks. Indoor running is also devoid of risks such as nasty falls that can be fatal if you are running in an area where it is difficult to get medical attention. Uneven outdoor terrains can cause serious runners’ injuries such as shin splints. While these injuries may also occur indoors, they are often less severe since you can set the incline of your treadmill at an angle that improves how you jolt your knees while you are running.
Finally, indoor running is advantageous since you can easily control your running pace. It is much easier to control the distance covered in a specific amount of time on an indoors treadmill in comparison to outdoor running tracks because most indoor running equipments have sensors to monitor your heart rate, speed and mileage covered. What’s more, this data gives an aggregate of calories burned per session. This type of feedback is vital to the success of cardiovascular weight loss exercises since you can set targets for your future running sessions in order to improve your chances of success. Granted, outdoor runners can also invest in devices that track their progress. However, with so many variables to contend with outdoors, one may not get accurate progress results.
On the whole, one of key pillars of any weight loss program or exercise routine is motivation. Outdoor running conditions such as unpredictable weather, insecurity, and difficulty in tracking progress may dim your enthusiasm for cardiovascular exercise. In view of this, investing in a good treadmill for use at home or joining a gym where you can run is a good idea.