Treadmill Running vs Outdoor Running

Just for fun I though I’d write up a list of pros and cons for both treadmill running and outdoor running.  This is purely opinion, no scientific research was done :).  I’m also comparing my own home treadmill, not one in a gym.

Feel free to chime in with your own pros and cons!!

Treadmill Pros

  • Climate controlled environment
  • Can watch TV/Movies
  • Personal fan
  • Easy access to water
  • Easy access to food
  • Easy access to a potty
  • No rain, snow, wind, allergens, or UV rays
  • No creepy dudes
  • No cars
  • No need for a kiddie sitter
  • Can wear old man T-shirt and stained sweats without shame

Treadmill Cons

  • Sometimes there is nothing on TV!
  • Kid and Hubby can bug you with ?’s every 2 minutes until you are done
  • The treadmill room can get very humid, gross
  • No change of scenery
  • No fresh air

Outdoor Pros

  • You can run where ever you feel like
  • Change of scenery
  • Feeling of solitude/serenity
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Fresh air and sunshine (sometimes)
  • Varied terrain

Outdoor Cons

  • Poor weather or air conditions
  • Careless drivers
  • Creepy dudes
  • No easy access to basic needs
  • If there is dog poop on the road, I will find it

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