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Old 10-16-2005, 11:56 AM   #1
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treadmill or track

I am able to use both as I do like walking as my areobic activity. Which gives the better health benefits , I have heard that walking manually is much better for you than a treadmill because you use your muscles differently. I have acess to an indoor track which would be better?

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Old 10-16-2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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Re: treadmill or track

It's not so much that it uses muscles differently. A treadmill creates the forward motion for you, so if you are 'running' with no incline, you're essentially just jumping up and down since you don't have to *push* yourself forward. In that respect running on a track is harder and as a result, burns more calories. HOWEVER, if you add a 1 or 2 percent incline to the treadmill, you can simulate the resistance of running on ground and a treadmill typically has a little more bounce which can be easier on the knees. This is how I train clients for marathons when they don't have 26 miles of road to run on. So whichever you're most comfortable with. I prefer the treadmill/walkman because running in circles really does drag on after several laps. Parks are much more fun for outside running.
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Old 10-16-2005, 01:36 PM   #3
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Re: treadmill or track

I prefer running outside I find running on a treadmill mind numbingly boring. So if I only had a treadmill I would never run. So itís down to what ever works best for you if your in a big polluted city and there are no parks close by it might be a good option. You can get good workouts out of a treadmill and get very fit, I donít think thatís in question. It more a mental thing and whether you are able to stay motivated running on a human hamster wheel.

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