More Treadmills!

I have written in the past about the benefits of running on the treadmill here. There are a myriad of reasons why one might find themselves in need of treadmill training. This mode of working out can bring with it a wide range of benefits. I have found myself consumed in treadmill training largely due to extremely hot temperatures here in Southern Oregon during the summer, and in the winter when daylight is hard to come by and snow and icy conditions lend to unsafe running surfaces outside. Here are somethings about the efficacy of treadmills that you may not be aware of:

While most treadmills are electric, some can be used manually. Both treadmill types make use of a circular belt which can loop around a stationary base. Although every treadmill is different, the majority of models have a variety of features such as incline and speed options. This enables the user to customize his or her exercise experience quickly and correctly.

There are numerous reasons that using a treadmill can be beneficial to an individual. Some of them include:

1. A Good Surface: The treadmill surface is flat, making it easier for an individual to run on than something like an outdoor terrain replete with uneven surfaces, dirt, and rocks. 

2. Variety: Treadmills enable you to complete a wide range of distinct workouts. For example, you can use the settings feature to walk uphill, sprint, or jog. 

3. Safety: When running outdoors, people can face numerous safety hazards. Some of them include inattentive individuals, cars, unruly pets, and rain that makes the outdoor terrain slippery and dangerous. Yet by running indoors on a treadmill, people can avoid the potential injuries and illnesses which result from exercising outdoors. 

4: Workout Information: Many if not most treadmills come with features that enable you to see how far you’ve run, how many calories you’ve burned, how many miles per hour you ran, and much more. Accessing this information can enable you to access your current level of fitness and make positive changes that in turn optimize your physical performance.

5. A Mental Challenge: Treadmills enable you to run long distances as well as jog in different zones that elevate your heart rate and subsequently bring it back down. 

If you’re interested in optimizing your physical and/or mental well-being, it’s important to note that exercising regularly can help you do it. And while there are numerous forms of physical activity you can engage in to attain positive results, running on a treadmill can be particularly effective. If you’re considering purchasing one, check out They researched and tested 65 treadmills, comparing them and making recommendations for the best treadmill for you.

Make your day great!



About runningyourbody

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Certified Pilates instructor, and runner with celiac disease. I am passionate about educating people on running, pilates, and women’s health topics. I am trained in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as pre and post partum impairments. In my free time I can be found anywhere outside. I enjoy training for races with friends, cooking gluten free meals, and traveling with my husband. My goal is to share information with you in a lighthearted and enjoyable forum. I am always contributing fun and interesting posts on my blog. Feel free to check it out @
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2 Responses to More Treadmills!

  1. Russ says:

    I love the mental training of a treadmill. Did a distance PR of 21 miles on one terribly cold Saturday this winter – wind chills less than 0.

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