We are often asked about treadmill running or walking verses being out on the road. At a glance, the treadmill seems like a good option.
We are often asked which is better - treadmill running or walking, versus being out on the road.
At a glance, the treadmill seems like a good option. It is indoor, warm, and looks easier
on our bodies…
We have found a little science on this and it seems that load and force in the Achilles tendon does go up by over 12% when running on a treadmill verse over-ground. While there was no change at the knee.
The science that is integrated into the big footwear brands often says when a load goes up in the Achilles it goes down in the knee. So it is interesting that pressure on the knee is not changing.
At SHOE SCIENCE we do believe in treadmills and they have a place for sure. Treadmills are popular at the gym and popular at home also.
References: Patellofemoral Joint and Tendon Loads During Overground and Treadmill Running. Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2016: Vol 46: Issue 8
While we recommend treadmills to our clients our first passion is the outdoors and fresh air. Exercising in the fresh air is good for creativity, mental health, and the soul.
Craig Taylor - SHOE SCIENCE Crew
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