Reasons why you shouldn’t hate (and should maybe love) the “dreadmill”
Okay, I get it. Running outside, for most people, is the more enjoyable way to go. I’ve heard it all about the dreaded treadmill (hence dreadmill). You are stuck in one place, it’s boring, there’s no change, etc. And I agree. To a point.
I LOVE running outside. I live in Chicago and of all places, this is one of the BEST to go for a run. There’s nothing like it.
But life gets in the way a lot of times. And sometimes that means you just can’t run outside. If you live in Chicago like me then you know there are certain months that it’s just pure torture to run outside (think: Chiberia). Or since I have a child, I need to use the gym daycare in order to get a run in on, you guessed it, the treadmill. It’s also sometimes not safe to run outside (while dark) when it might be the only time you have to fit in a run. Whatever your reason, sometimes the treadmill is just the only way to go for a run.
So why dread it? There are some great reasons that running on a treadmill can be fun and challenging. I’ve come up with a few so that maybe next time when you CAN’T run outside, you’ll enjoy running inside:
- No messy weather to deal with. No rain, no hot sun, no cold winds. Sometimes you just want a decent run without all these things getting in the way.
- Easily accessible bathrooms. If you have a bladder like mine you’ll appreciate this. Sometimes you need a pit stop!
- Other forms of entertainment. Have you ever watched a really good show or movie on those TV screens that are attached to the treadmill while running? I swear you run a little bit longer and maybe even faster while doing this.
- No chance of getting hit by a car. No, seriously! Running outside can be dangerous and you definitely need to pay more attention to these things. But if you are on a treadmill? No worries except if there is someone running next to you that drips sweat on you (true story).
- You set the pace and you can take on hills or avoid them. Treadmills give you the great ability to change up your speed and your incline however you want. Doing both of these not only can torch some extra calories but give you some great variation in your run so you don’t get bored.
I realize that running outside has numerous benefits but don’t count the treadmill out for a decent run. You just might enjoy it.
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.