One of the best ways that you can improve your level of fitness and slim that expanding waistline is with outdoor running. It opens up the opportunity to explore the fantastic scenery that surrounds your community. But on an especially hot day, iced over a cold day or a dreadfully rainy day, treadmill running is its best alternative.
While it may sound unpleasant at first, losing your fitness or weight loss goals can be even worse. Keep reading as we explore the 6 reasons to look forward to your next treadmill run.
1. Widen Your Perspective
If you’re the type of person that immediately associates the word ‘treadmill’ with an immediate loss of motivation. Then try widening your perspective, opening your mind and unlocking those old treadmill views. Understand, appreciate and be grateful of the advantages that treadmills really bring.
This invention is over 150 years old and has been developed to the point where it can mimic outside terrain, running paths and all types of running speeds. Without it, you wouldn’t have the opportunity to keep up your fitness or continue on your weight loss journey.
2. Temperature Controlled Environment
Have you ever been on a run where you had plenty of energy in your tank but couldn’t get the most out of your exercise due to that dehydrating heat or humid air? It can certainly be frustrating, knowing that you have the potential to burn more calories, improve your distance ran, time completed and overall fitness level. But the only thing stopping you is the environment that you are running in.
This is where indoor treadmills can help. As they are often situated in the air-conditioned room controlling both the temperature and the humidity. Allowing you to get on with your fitness and weight loss goals.
3. Terrain Control
Most runners stick to the terrain that they are familiar with. Flat terrain runners often stick to flat paths whereas hilly terrain runners often flock to hilly paths. Having a variety of the terrain that you run, adds a new engaging element to your routine and physically challenging your muscles, level of fitness and commitment to your exercise.
While it might be hard to immediately change the terrain when running outside. On the treadmill, you can change the terrain ran in an instant. As flat paths can turn into small hills to steep hills or a combination of both. You can overcome your own man-made hills by changing the elevation of your treadmill, which today is a standard feature in most treadmills.
4. Engage With Friends or Family
Your outside running partner can be very different to your treadmill running partner. As the treadmill does not move, the required fitness level attached to the social aspect of running is removed. You simply don’t have to keep up with your friend’s pace to stay social while running. Your friends, family and even your old grandpa can still chat to you while both of you exercise at different levels. Having a running partner can improve your enjoyment and ultimately the longevity of the activity.
5. Ease of Carrying Loose Items
You don’t have to worry about your keys falling out of your pocket or cracking the screen of your phone as you accidently drop it. Even your water bottle and towel worries are all sorted. As these lose items can be shelved on the treadmill. Conveniently uncluttering your pockets and hands, leaving you to perform at your best.
6. Netflix & More Netflix
Amongst work, family, and friends there isn’t much time to finish those half started TV shows that can often be very addictive. Utilising this time spent on the treadmill, to catch up on missed TV shows can not only help the time fly by, it can also further fuel your motivation and can keep you stimulated throughout your workout session.
You might even find yourself so immersed in your show that you forget you are even running or decide to keep exercising so you can finish that next episode or end of a show.
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