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Treadmills - For Running Indoors

Treadmills to Buy

Running on treadmills is something which many runners enjoy but others simply cannot tolerate. Still other runners may simply find running on a treadmill to be the most convenient option. Whether you are a dedicated treadmill runner, a runner who despises the treadmill or a runner who turns to the treadmill out of necessity, you will likely find this article to be useful. In this article we will attempt to address running on a treadmill from a variety of different angles and offer advice for all types of runners. Those who currently despise running on a treadmill may even find a few tips which can make their time on a treadmill seem more enjoyable and less like a prison sentence.

There are a large percentage of runners who actually favor running on a treadmill over running in their neighborhood, on a track or even on trails. There are a number of reasons a runner may prefer a treadmill over outdoor running. However, consistency is one of the most common reasons. Many treadmill runners like the familiarity of the treadmill. The ability to set the speed and the incline of the treadmill gives many runners the confidence and security which makes them feel very comfortable. They do not have to worry about ending up on a course which is too hilly or exceeding their intended pace because the settings on the treadmill regulate all of these factors. Additionally, the runner does not have to worry about inclement weather interfering with the workout. It can be brutally hot outside, it could be raining hard or it could be freezing outside but the treadmill runner enjoys the comfort of running indoors in a climate controlled environment.

Another reason many treadmill runners enjoy running on a treadmill is they do not have to concentrate as much as they would if they were running in an outdoor environment. Cars, other pedestrians and other outside factors are not a problem for the treadmill runner. While wearing headphones and listening to music is not recommended when running outdoors because you may put yourself in danger if you do not hear cars or strangers approaching, the treadmill runner can put on his headphones and crank up the music without such concerns. There are no obstacles or harmful elements when running on a treadmill which allows these runners to enjoy music or television while getting there exercise.

Many runners enjoy running on a treadmill but on the other hand there are runners who cannot stand running on a treadmill. Being forced inside due to inclement weather can be very disheartening for these runners. This is one of the main reasons why some runners brave horrendous weather. They would prefer to be outside running in freezing temperatures and torrential downpours rather than plugging away on a treadmill. For these runners the visual stimulation of the world around them often motivates them during a run. Seeing people, cars, animals and trees all help to keep these runners motivated and when they are forced to run on a treadmill where they arenít going anywhere, the run can seem much less exciting. Some dedicated runners find they may be able to run ten miles outdoors but become bored after only two or three miles indoors.

These anti-treadmill runners need to find other ways to make the treadmill more exciting so when they do find themselves on a treadmill they do not have to be so bored and restless. One way to do this is to incorporate sprints into the workout. One way to do this is to start out by warming up for ten minutes at a leisurely pace. Then try increasing the speed on the treadmill and sprinting for two minutes. After this slow the pace down again and jog for a few minutes until your heart rate falls to approximately 120 beats per minute. At this point, crank up the speed again and sprint for another two minutes. Doing this will help to make the workout less monotonous and will help to keep the runner motivated to continue the treadmill workout.

Treadmill running can also be made more exciting by taking advantage of the pre-programmed courses on the treadmill. Most modern treadmills have a number of pre-programmed courses which include changes in speed or incline. These types of courses keep a runner challenged by varying these elements throughout the course of the workout. Runners who do not enjoy the treadmill typically find these courses are much more similar to their outdoor runs than simply running at a 0% incline at the same speed for the entire workout.

Finally, runners who simply run on a treadmill out of necessity on some occasions may also find there are some benefits to running on a treadmill. For many treadmill runners, the ability to run on a treadmill as opposed to outdoors is largely a matter of convenience. This may include runners who complete their workouts early in the morning or late in the evening while it is still dark outside. These runners may not necessarily enjoy the treadmill but they tolerate it because it is convenient. However, they may find the treadmill offers a variety of benefits. One of these benefits is the ability to run at a particular pace. Runners can use this to their advantage to train themselves to become faster. One way to do this is to consider your current running pace for a particular event such as a 5K. Next consider how fast you would like to run this event. Then begin incorporating short sprint intervals of as little as 30 seconds at the desired pace. Once the 30 second intervals are no longer challenging, gradually progress to longer and longer intervals until you are capable of running the entire course at this pace.


The video clip above is from my DVD about running stetches and other running related information. Click on the DVD case below to find out more.

Running Stretches and Running Tips

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