Getting regular workouts is essential to your health and can give you a body that you are proud and confident about. How you exercise is mostly down to personal preference with some people preferring to cycle, swim or row to get fit, however for many people running is their favorite way of working out.
If you are in the latter group then you are probably limited to the two options of running outside or by using a treadmill inside. While running outside can be good for getting fresh air and has better views, running on a treadmill has many benefits in comparison. One of the main benefits is the fact that bad weather is no longer an issue when using a treadmill indoors, which for anyone who has been brave enough to run outside during harsh winter months and the heat of the summer knows can have a big impact on your workouts and motivation.
With regards to performance I believe that you can get much more control over your workout using a treadmill than running outdoors. For example the fact that you can change incline at the touch of a button on a treadmill would not be possible outside. Also there can be other external factors outside that may cause problems for your workout such as traffic delaying you along your route as you wait to cross a road for example. As a result you can generally get more consistency with your running workouts too on a treadmill.
The other benefit to working out on a treadmill is that you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to use one. There are a wide range of treadmills designed for home use, such as the ProForm 505 CST Treadmill which is designed to compete with commercial treadmills that you would find in a gym, or the Confidence Power Plus Treadmill which is one of the cheapest on the market.
It’s worth remembering also that gym memberships can be very expensive in the long run, especially if you lose motivation to keep going regularly. However with a good treadmill in your home, even though it will cost more in the short term it won’t take long to pay for itself and you can still sell it if things don’t work out, which is a much better scenario than joining a gym.