6. Easier run. Apart from the treadmill running benefits above, technically it is easier to run on treadmill than run outdoors. It is shown that the effort of 1% gradient treadmill running is about the same as outdoor running with no gradient, which means it is easier to run on treadmill.
· Why treadmill running is easier Treadmill running has shown to bescientifically easier than running outside. You do lack the freedom of movement you get with running outside. You can’t accelerate, or change your stride and you have to concentrate on a treadmill but it is shown that you use less energy.
· Running on the treadmill is easier than running outdoors, for a variety of reasons. One reason is that the treadmill belt assists leg turnover, making it easier to run faster. So most runners find that their pace on the treadmill doesn’t correlate to their road pace. However, the treadmill can be a great training tool.
· And thirdly, a 2012 study, found that most runners run slower on a treadmill than they do overground, due to our perception of speeds being influenced by the machine. So it …
That is the reason given for why the treadmill is scientifically easier to run than outside. That research says you use less energy on a treadmill because of the wind resistance. They advise you increase the incline by 1% to make it the same “energetic cost”. So a treadmill at zero incline makes it easier for you.
Running on the treadmill is not the same biomechanical process as running outside. The major difference is that your hamstrings are not engaged in the same way to drive you forward. This is why if you want to get a much more “realistic” run on a treadmill, you should use one with an incline and set the slope to 1-2%.
· It’s much easier for me to run on the track. I haven’t actually run 2 hours on either the treadmill or the track, but the track is much better for …
· I must add that not all treadmills are created equal. High-end, well designed treadmills have a softer running surface. In better gyms you will find treadmills that go easier on your legs. However my personal experience has been that I am must more sore if I finish a workout with a treadmill run, than if I just hit my favorite running track.
· On a treadmill, you’re also training your body to run on the same terrain. As Rondel King, an exercise physiologist at the NYU Langone Health Sports Performance Center told Runner’s World, “Running on a stiffer surface like asphalt or concrete is going to provide more ground reaction forces, which can definitely reinforce your bones a little more than a treadmill.”
· It’s much harder to have good running form on a treadmill than on solid ground. The lack of wind resistance changes your muscular effort and balance, the console and handrails interfere with your movement, the visual, auditory, and vestibular sensory signals don’t match up with your movement, the TV is distracting, and the threat of falling off a cliff—i.e. the back of …