Running on a treadmill or outdoors can effectively burn fat.
Treadmill and outdoor running are both effective fat burning exercises. According to MedicineNet.com, running outdoors expends more energy than running on a treadmill at the same speed, but only slightly. This slight variance can be addressed by adjusting the intensity of your treadmill workout to burn the same amount of fat as you would burn running outdoors for the same duration. Your preference and needs will determine which exercise method is best for you.
The Weight Loss Factor
You achieve weight loss by placing your body in caloric deficit, meaning that you are burning more calories than you are consuming. Since 3,500 calories equals one pound, you must burn 3,500 calories more than you consume to lose a pound of fat. As your body expends energy it burns calories as fuel. Running outdoors or on a treadmill will help you expend the energy necessary to burn fat.
Running in the Flow
Running outdoors provides you with some unique benefits. It allows you to experience different environments as well as different types of terrain. It will also allow you to maintain your normal stride pattern without the influence of a moving belt. Running on a hard surface such as asphalt can take its toll on your knees. According to вЂњRunner's World,вЂќ running on hard surfaces can damage your knees and hips. Vary your outdoor running to include different terrains, giving your knees a chance to rest.
The Calculative Approach
Running on a treadmill presents you with certain benefits not associated with outdoor running. You have the option to monitor your heart rate, measure the number of calories burned and set specific intensity levels. Treadmill running provides you with a consistent environment that is not vulnerable to the changing weather. According to Fit Watch, a treadmill is designed to absorb a significant amount of the shock created by the force of your foot striking the surface. This means that it will be easier on your knees than outdoor running.
Variety and Consistency
The ability to adjust the intensity of your treadmill workout creates a level field with outdoor running, as far as fat burning is concerned. According to MedicineNet.com, simply increasing the incline on a treadmill by 1 percent can negate the slight difference between outdoor running and running on the treadmill. Without there being a significant fat burning advantage associated with either method, you are free to choose the method you prefer. You can choose the variety associated with outdoor running or the consistency of indoor running on a treadmill. You can even do both.
Consult your physician when considering a workout regimen. Your doctor will be able to provide valuable insight that can ensure your safety. Manage your rate of weight loss. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a safe rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week. Don't attempt to override the safety mechanisms of treadmills; they are designed to help protect you from injury.