August 29, 2012 – RUNNING DOES A BODY GOOD!!



Now that “running season” is approaching, the debate was presented to me…”WHICH IS BETTER, TO RUN OUTSIDE OR ON A TREADMILL?”

I will share my view.

First off, running is great, no matter the surface!  It recruits a large amount of muscle and burns tons of calories.  It is the best form of cardiovascular fitness training to burn fat. Think about it…how often do you see an overweight runner?

If the weather outside is rainy, chilly or even too hot, it’s obvious that the treadmill has its advantages.
Other advantages are:

  • It’s a more controlled environment, therefore it can be easier to monitor progress and measure change.
  • It’s more effective for incline running than running hills outdoors simply because you NEVER have to run downhill.
  • You can “interval train”, which is a powerful method of maximizing your peak cardiovascular fitness and burning fat.  High intensity interval training or HIIT,  enables you to run at a higher intensity for a longer period of time since bouts of high intensity are interspersed with bouts of lower intensity.

Now all that being said, most runners prefer to run outdoors.  With the wind resistance, terrain changes, natural surroundings and the fact that you work harder to propel yourself along, may contribute to getting a better workout.  Now if you run the Key Biscayne bridge or along the beach, it’s a no-brainer.  The scenic bonuses are unmatchable.


So there you have it.  Either one is good.  It just depends on your mood and the circumstances.  Running does a body good!!

In the next few emails, I will post a series of interval workouts you can try on the treadmill as well as a few upcoming 5K races.



2 Responses to “August 29, 2012 – RUNNING DOES A BODY GOOD!!”

  1. Marcia Diaz Says:

    Hi Rima,

    I don’t see where to sign up for Sept. 8th 8:30am semiar for clea ad jerk. Can you please rsvp me 🙂
    Thanks and have a great weekend!!



  2. Marcia Diaz Says:

    clean and jerk* oops


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