Excuses to Not to Own a Treadmill Part 1: “I Can Just Run Outside”
By J. Maki
If you want to make an excuse bad enough, you’ll easily make it. If you are looking for an out to keep you in your comfort zone, it will be there for you.
Conversely, if you are looking for reasons as to why you should do something, they are plentiful, too. And if you want to know the positives of pushing yourself beyond your limits, you can find those as well.
When it comes to health and fitness, and specifically, investing in a treadmill, many people will make the argument that it’s just not worth it, and there are a plethora of reasons as to why it is not according to the cynics. In this series, we take a look at those excuses pontificated by those out to discourage you from committing to a treadmill.
REASON #1: “I can just run outside.”
I will be the first to admit that I am a lover of running outdoors, and if I have my first choice, I will head outside as many days a week as possible. However, there are those days where I enjoy the change of pace and the convenience and comfort of running in my own home. But to say that running outside eliminates the need for a treadmill completely misses the mark and undercuts the flexibility and convenience a treadmill can provide.
First, you cannot depend on the weather, and you cannot manipulate it.
One day, you might be anticipating a calm winter day, but the next thing you know, you are in the midst of a massive blizzard. Or, in warmer areas, it is 100 degrees outside with ridiculous humidity, and from a safety standpoint, the risk of heat-related illness and/or injury are just too real to ignore.
With a treadmill, you eliminate the impact that the weather can have on your ability to get your walk or run in. Blizzard? No problem. 100 degrees? Not in your temperature controlled house. With this ability to circumvent the weather, you can stay consistent with your workouts and compound the results of your efforts.
Second, you can’t control your terrain.
While some of us may have access to flat and hilly spaces to run or walk, many of us do not have both. Some of us may even have to drive to a specific area to even be able to run at all. With your treadmill, you can adjust your incline to simulate hilly terrain, or lower it for flatter experience. Plus, you can control your speed so it is consistent and in alignment for what your goal of a specific workout is. Unfortunately, you don’t have these options with outdoor running.
Finally, you can’t turn the lights on or off outside.
I have run in the pitch black night before with a headlamp for very long distances, and they have been great experiences. However, they are not the safest. Even with a headlamp and a reflector vest, there is still the element of carelessness among drivers that must be accounted for, especially in the early morning, or late at night. This can be avoided while running inside, with lights, whether early morning or late night, on your treadmill. So even if you didn’t get your walk in today at 4:00am, and you get home at 10:00pm, you can still get on your treadmill and get it done.
You can just run outside, and if that is best for you, then I completely am in support of it.
But, despite your preference, you cannot deny the facts that a treadmill offers you convenience, flexibility, and control that you would otherwise not have outdoors.