The importance of using a treadmill

August 8

If you are one of the athletes who want to improve in running and be faster I recommend reading this:

Start to incorporate a treadmill in your running workouts.

The benefits are huge: You can control precisely the pace, inclination, intervals and recovery.

For example, you will get used to run at certain speed and inclination because you will be forced to do it, it is much easier to do it while there is a band moving under your feet.

That's a good thing, because that feeling will eventually result in running outdoors, making it easier to keep up without looking at your watch every few seconds.

It is true that you cannot fully replicate the experience of running outside, but research suggests that adjusting the treadmill to a grade of one percent more accurately simulates running outdoors, compensating for the lack of air and band resistance moving. Another study found that VO2 max (the amount of oxygen your body can use during physical activity) is the same when running on a treadmill compared to the outside. So while you run outside you can feel it more difficult, but what happens inside your body is similar.

Try to do this workout on a treadmill:

Warm up

10 minutes easy

Main set

10 x (30 secs fast + 30 secs OFF)

Cool down

10 minutes easy

* For the OFF section just let the band moving and you stand aside*


So no excuses let's run!