Effects of Running on a Treadmill

The modern treadmill found in today's fitness centers offer runners a high degree of programmable sophistication, incorporating the latest advances in technology and innovation making the treadmill an irresistible training tool. The workout scenarios runners have at hand exceed by a wide margin those available to runners using the open road or trail. Boredom can be offset by watching television, reading, or listening to music--even people watching.

Injury Prevention

The connective tissue and bones in your legs take a beating from concrete or asphalt. Running on these surfaces too fast or far can lead to overuse injuries. Although asphalt is a more forgiving surface then concrete, neither provides the shock absorbency provided by the running surface of a treadmill. In addition, the treadmill offers a flat surface, unlike roads, which are often crowned, causing further stress on your ankles and knees.


Pacing is an important skill to master as a runner. The treadmill is an effective teaching tool, as you can program your desired pace and stay right on it, which might not be the case running free range. However, take heed as pace lock can lead to muscle soreness after a run on the treadmill. When road running, you can more effectively manage your effort--reducing your speed if you feel winded or tired. However, on a treadmill you have set your pace. If you feel winded or tired, you may begin to lengthen your stride to keep pace.


Runners complain about the weather being either too hot or cold. Perhaps there is rain, sleet, or snow, raising the dangers of slips, falls, and other related hazzards. Clothing designed for any adverse weather condition is expensive and can be cumbersome.Training indoors on a treadmill is a way to beat the heat or cold and get your workout completed excuse free.


According to Joe Friel, author of "Going Long," a triathlon training reference book, efficient runners have a high foot turn over cycle--between 160 to 180 foot strikes per minute. Determine your foot strikes by counting how often your feet strike the running surface in 30 seconds, and then multiply by two. Try to improve your stride count during your run by focusing on taking shorter, quicker strides and keeping your feet under your waist, low to the running surface you will find this keeps your mind occupied, and will combat boredom

About the Author

Gregg Seltzer is a freelance writer and photographer based in Chino, Calif. He brings a professional approach to each new project, specializing in general subjects and health and fitness issues.