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Treadmill vs outdoor running

  1. Mar 30, 2010 #1
    Does the absence of drag while running on a treadmill make it a significantly less taxing exercise than running outdoors?
     
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  3. Mar 30, 2010 #2

    QuantumPion

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    The real question is, is it easier to run in water or maple syrup? :p
     
  4. Aug 26, 2012 #3
    Just ramp up the treadmill at an angle if you like.....Otherwise, my experience is that maybe running on a horizontal treadmill might be a smidge easier....but still plently of exercise to get up a good cardio workout....
     
  5. Aug 26, 2012 #4
    The coefficient of drag for a person is pretty low, does your treadmill tell you how fast you are going?
     
  6. Aug 26, 2012 #5
    Buy a really strong fan.
     
  7. Aug 26, 2012 #6
    Magnawolf wins.

    In all seriousness, any difference cause by wing drag can be more than accounted for by changing settings on your treadmill.
     
  8. Aug 27, 2012 #7

    Andy Resnick

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    I was interpreting the question to refer to the difference between a moving tread and a non-moving street. Personally I feel a difference, especially during interval training, in the foot-ground impact dynamic.

    Watching olympic sprinters, they start to move their leading leg/foot backwards before the foot contacts the ground, perhaps to minimize the impact?
     
  9. Aug 27, 2012 #8
    I don't know, but I can tell you road running is much harder, because you have to pace yourself. Trail running is even harder due to soft or uneven ground, inclines, and weather.
     
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