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I prefer running outdoors for several reasons... It can keep your mind somewhat more engaged than when using a treadmill (i.e. taking in the scenery, etc.) (and possibly keep it away from the fact that you're exercising). You get to go somewhere and see things other than the inside of a gym. As Greg mentioned, the natural benefits of fresh air and ...


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A few advantages to running outdoors: Sunshine (get your vitamin D!) Depending on smog levels and your gym's cleanliness and air filtration system, there is probably fresher cleaner air outside. If you run "barefoot" (e.g. Vibrams) on dirt/grass, you'll get some extra stabilizing work. If you get chased by a dog, you'll have extra motivation to really push ...


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I've read a good article/study on this, but I can't find a link to it right now. The general idea for criticism regarding the treadmill that I recall was that the movement is not as natural as it seems, because the treadmill is moving your leg backwards instead of your muscles doing all of that and this apparently can create strength imbalances.


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Before dismissing treadmills I'll point out some advantages of running on [your own] treadmill: Even surface so the chance of injury (tripping for example) is reduced Less impact on knees and feet - no concrete For longer runs, no worrying about the toilet or carrying drinks with you More accurate measurement of timing and distance which helps for ...


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The science seems divided, though I am inclined to see value in the arguments that differences persist. Update the first: Though the physics "frame of reference" solution has merit, I am for the moment convinced by the idea that the addition of energy from the belt-rotating mechanism changes the system significantly enough for treadmill running to differ ...


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Here's how I do do it (I have a fitbit one). When I'm doing an activity that I think the fitbit won't track properly (biking, or a sport), I switch to recording/sleep mode (they're the same). I only do this so that I can remember how long that activity took. Then, using the web interface later, I enter the actual activity, time, and duration (using info ...


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For me, the best non-aesthetic benefit to running outside is far better sweat evaporation (if weather cooperates), and therefore a cooler body temperature throughout my run. My gym is air conditioned and the vent is close to my favorite treadmill--but not close enough to make a dent in my insane sweating. Whereas when I run outside, even at a somewhat ...


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Is running outside an option? Probably not what you were thinking of, but it is cheaper. If you want a machine, an elliptical might be an option. I would assume the disturbance they're concerned about would come from the footfalls from running on the treadmill, so it might be a more acceptable option to management. Also, have you checked if the apartment ...


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When your knees hurt after running, it's usually an indication that your thigh/hip muscles are not strong enough, and your knees are bearing the brunt. You have to systematically strengthen your various leg muscles. Here's what has helped me (non-exhaustive list but covers the major categories) For the glutes Walt Reynold's ITB special (really important - ...


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You can multi-task if you go outdoors! At my old job, I used to run to the post office to drop off mail. You could end your run at the grocery store and then walk back with groceries as your cool-down. It's easier to do a hill workout naturally than constantly pushing the buttons on a treadmill especially if you want to do a really steep hill (which can ...


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Here's a link to some good advice: How to Use a Treadmill on the Second Floor. I would think 90% of the noise/vibration issue will be based on the construction of the house/apt. Without thick, well insulated floors, you'll need to add foam mats until you reach the level of 'quiet' acceptable to everyone and hopefully not to many mats to take away from the ...


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Running on a treadmill is even ground. There are no bumps or slopes like a road has. The downside to this is your stabilizing muscles do not get the workout so they do not get stronger. Adding weight lifitting can help build those muscles. Nice thing about the tradmill is the belt is easier on the joints, but you do not get the benefit of perception on ...


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A treadmill won't prepare you for the impact of running for real. If the (half) marathon is in the desert and you're running through the sand then the problem you'd run into is fatigue. If (much more likely) the (half) marathon is on the road, you'll be in for a really nasty surprise. Also, unless you're planning on running somewhere quite different from ...


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Given - Outdoor - Completely flat, little wind, similar surface (let's say a rubber track) Indoor - Treadmill flat, same temp as outside, mph/kph calibration is correct (this is hard to prove or disprove but if you are an experienced runner you know if it is wrong) NOTE** Just because a treadmill is on a flat floor doesn't mean you are running on level. ...


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No - tennis shoes are going to be slightly heavier and have more material/cushioning around the sides. They are meant for stability and lots of side to side movement. Running shoes are lighter and are built for forward movement. You will experience aches of all kinds of you do jogging/running in tennis shoes at any amount of frequency more than about a ...


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I've been going to gym for around 4 years, where I sometimes run on a treadmill, but I don't really enjoy it for longer period of time. But about 3 months ago, I started running outdoors every day and I totally love it. For me the biggest plus is, that I hafe to finish the track I choose. If I feel good, I take a longer track around the park and there's ...


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HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as you describe is a very acceptable, if not a prefered method of training. According to the Tabata study: .. adequate high-intensity intermittent training may improve both anaerobic and aerobic energy supplying systems significantly, probably through imposing intensive stimuli on both systems. Can HIIT be ...


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A 1 - 2 degree incline will give you enough extra resistance to adequately compensate for the reduced difficulty from using a treadmill, however there is no exact calculation for this. The treadmill advantage will vary based on brand, since they will use different belts, and the tread-board can have more or less spring, depending on manufacturer. If you ...


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There are many various factors. Actually, there are so many, that every calorie burnt calculation is an approximation. The first and most obvious factor is - does your treadmill include your BMR in its calculations? (BMR) Your weight, age, VO2max, the intansity of the exercise (your heart rate), bloodsugar level, the temperature... Sometimes its even hard ...


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As discussed in the comments, if you want to lose weight, adjust your diet. I wont delve into this, but focus on diverse, protein rich meals. Try to bring the carbohydrates (wheat, sugar, rice, potatoes) down a bit, if possible. Cardio exercises like running on a Treadmill or Elliptical are good for your endurance, but as they drain a lot of energy you ...


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When in doubt, see a doctor. We can't diagnose you on the internet. I would lean toward acid reflux or something similar. There are so many things it possibly could be that I wouldn't take the chance. I found a link on a forum where a group of runners discussed this problem extensively which may be of use to you ...


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I've noticed a remarkable difference when I run on the treadmill vs when I run on the road. When I was training for my first half-marathon, it was often too cold to run outside. So I ended up doing majority of my training in the gym on a treadmill. Having said that, I found that any distance greater than 6 miles on a treadmill and I'm bored out of my mind. ...


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Don't be dis-heartened, you may have started to tone, and may of actually started to lose inches, so you should take measurements as well as using the scales. I often find that clients have lost no weight, yet they have lost 2 inches around their waist. As per previous comments, a week is a very short time to see a difference. When you exercise more ...


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Assuming an active lifestyle, you need to start with knowing how many calories you need to maintain your weight. The easiest way to do that is to maintain a food diary. Record everything you eat and drink. The simple act of recording your caloric intake will remove all guess work. Once you've established how many calories you need to maintain, simply cut ...


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I use this site to work out what pace I need to be running at to hit target times. You put in your current time for a certain distance, the target time you want to do for that distance then it tell you how fast you need to be running for specific distances to hit that target time. It also tells you what pace you should be running each type of run. ...


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Have you tried a cross-trainer or elliptical trainer? It causes less impact on the knees than a treadmill. I have weak knees and I really love this exercise. I do it for warming up before weighths, normally 10 minutes, but sometimes I enjoy it so much (together with music) that I just keep going :-)


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Some cardio-based (as opposed to strength-based) alternatives that you can do inside your apartment: Jump rope Elliptical machine Running in place Jumping jacks Wii Fitness Dance Dance Revolution Just plain dancing Shadow boxing Move to an apartment on the ground level, and then get the treadmill


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There is another factor to consider about the ease of use of running on a treadmill versus running outside, how it affects you mentally. I find it much more difficult to run on a treadmill because I find it incredibly monotonous compared with the variety of sensory input experienced while running outside. The MovNat reference that was mentioned extends ...


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This can be caused by a few things. Treadmills normally have leveling screws near the back roller (think pads on the bottom of a chair that screw in and out to level the legs). If the left side has more tension, the belt will slip left as it is run, same with the right side. If it is moving back and forth freely, more than likely, both leveling ...



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