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Posted by: Olga | 2010/06/07

treadmill or sidewalk?

Hi - is it better to run on a treadmill or on the sidewalk for endurance training and weight loss? A friend told me that a treadmill is easier on the knees but requires less effort to run on.

Thanks.

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Hi Olga

Whichever works for you. IN terms of energy demand, and therefore, weight loss potential, they're very much the same. The limitations of both are practical - the treadmill is generally softer and so yes, the impact is lower. But it's also boring and the lack of changing scenery and terrain can be helpful when you are outside. Then there is safety and weather, both of which are better for a treadmill.

Ultimately, it's a personal preference, nothing specific that says one or the other is better. As long as you do it, it helps, so do whatever it is to do it!

Ross

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2010/06/13

Hi Olga

Whichever works for you. IN terms of energy demand, and therefore, weight loss potential, they're very much the same. The limitations of both are practical - the treadmill is generally softer and so yes, the impact is lower. But it's also boring and the lack of changing scenery and terrain can be helpful when you are outside. Then there is safety and weather, both of which are better for a treadmill.

Ultimately, it's a personal preference, nothing specific that says one or the other is better. As long as you do it, it helps, so do whatever it is to do it!

Ross

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