- Treadmills are easier on your joints than running on the road. The softer impact of the treadmill is more forgiving on the hips, knees and ankles.
- Running indoors is independent on the weather. Hate humidity? Don't want to get sun-burned? Hop on the treadmill and the only wind you will feel is the breeze from the nearest fan.
- Run at your own pace. Side-by-side treadmills is a great option if your running buddy is faster or slower than your favorite speed. Set your own tempo while still motivating each other to exercise.
Cons (with easy fixes!):
- Treadmills feedback on heart rate and calories burned is not always accurate. Relying on data can give misleading information. For best results wear a heart rate monitor.
- Running on the treadmill at "0" incline is actually like running on a slight decline. This is an easy fix, just raise the incline a few notches to mimic a flat road. Want to practice hills? Alternate between low and high inclines.
- That background music at the gym? It's probably not helping you. Studies have shown that asynchronized background music does not motivate faster paces or more miles. The remedy? Bring your own tunes on your iPod or mobile device and be sure include music with motivating lyrics, rhythm, and upbeat tempo.