April 9, 2019

Indoor VS Outdoor Running

Those cold winter nights are beginning to set in but a lot of you still have to run, train and continue pushing through the barriers. The options are there for some though, do I run indoor or outdoors? There are benefits for both so let’s run through them.

Indoor Running

Treadmills can be an excellent and useful piece of equipment for runners, especially when weather conditions aren’t the best and it isn’t the safest to run or if you are coming back from an injury. Using a treadmill allows you to mix up your routine and allows you to run safely or at a faster pace and help make sure you reach the proper level of exertion that you desire. Treadmills can help prevent injury as the belt of a treadmill is more forgiving than the hard ground outdoors. While there are benefits of both there are still key differences.

When running on a treadmill it is powered from underneath you, meaning you work different muscle groups than you would outdoors, the impulsion’s from running outdoors is made by you using your stride to move. When running on a treadmill you are using your quads to push off the belt, whereas when you are running outdoors, your hamstrings are the more dominant muscle as you are creating your own stride and own impulsion. Basically treadmill running doesn’t allow you to use your hamstrings as much as you would when running outdoors so it’s important to warm-up properly.

If you’re interested in learning more about the different treadmills on the market you can take a look through our wide range HERE.

Outdoor Running

Outdoor running carries so many benefits, being outside running in the fresh air can do wonders for your mental well being. Outdoor air is very fresh and less polluted than indoor recycled air. You also get to see and interact with other people with similar goals to you out running and walking. This is the kind of positivity you need to see when running.

Running outdoors will expend more energy than running indoors and can result in a harder workout than on a treadmill, as you need to be more aware when outdoors about the environment around you. The terrain or ground you are running on can make your run more strenuous or make you adapt to the resistance of wind or rain. Wind resistance is great for strength when running, if you were on a treadmill you would have to increase your incline for the wind resistance effect. Running outdoors also allows you to get your daily dose of vitamin D, which is very important, and one which a lot of Irish people lack in. Running outdoors can also be a great social aspect as there are many parks runs and local running groups that get together and run.

Footwear

Whether you’re running indoors or outdoors it is vital you have the right footwear to suit your foot type to prevent pains and increase comfort. People generally have neutral or stability footing, you can learn more about your foot type, footbalance and Gait Analysis in our blog HERE all of which are services available in our stores that can seriously improve your run.

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