Is Running On The Treadmill Different From Running Outside?

Is Running On The Treadmill Different From Running Outside? EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses the physiological and biomechanical differences of running on a treadmill vs. running outside.

Treadmill vs. Outside Running: Which Is Better?

Treadmill vs. Running Outside….ever wonder if there is a difference?

  • According to the research running on the treadmill is easier because it assists leg turnover (belt moving underneath you) and because there is no air resistance.
  • Because of these two variables you also expend less energy/burn fewer calories compared to running outside...anywhere from 3-5% less.
  • There are also biomechanical differences. When you run on a dread...errr….I mean treadmill you will also strike with more of a flat foot compared to heel to toe, have a more pronounced forward body lean, shorter stride length, and higher stride frequency.
  • Researchers think this occurs due to feeling unstable on a treadmill.
  • To compensate for these differences you can set the treadmill incline to 1%, run on a manual, self-powered treadmill like a Woodway treadmill, or just suck it up and run outside all the time.
  • Because the worst days running outside are still better than the best days spent inside plugging away on the hamster wheel.