Gym Podium

Fitness class timetable – 10 December 2020

Indoor Running vs Outdoor Running

Which is better: an outside run or training indoors?

Indoors on a treadmill

  • The treadmill has a predictable surface that is much easier to negotiate than footpaths, curbs or trails and the risk of tripping is reduced.
  • All aspects of the workout can be controlled by the user: speed, incline, warm up period, cool down period, and energy spend.
  • With our treadmills you can design custom programs to fit the time you have to exercise. If you have a mywellness account, you can record every run you do on the treadmill.
  • As well as the treadmill we also have something called a Skillmill. The great thing about this piece of kit is that you must power it yourself, meaning you encourage more muscles to activate and work.


  • You can improve your well-being as exercising in natural environments is associated with greater feelings of positive engagement and studies have also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction after outdoor exercise than after indoor activities.
  • The scenery can be a lot more interesting than being in one fixed position like you are on a treadmill.
  • You can run outdoors anywhere!
  • Running on a flat, moving treadmill does not require as much effort, nor does it directly simulate nature’s changing terrain. Running on actual ground requires more hamstring and glute activation to propel your body forward, and you might be forced to deal with the occasional hill.
  • Studies also show outdoor running increases leg strength and ankle flexibility more than treadmill running.

There are many benefits to running outdoors and inside but if you want to keep a little bit warmer and do not know where to start, book in an exercise or personal training session with Tanysha.

Tanysha Samways, Fitness Assistant and Personal Trainer –