Are Treadmills Better Than Braving the Cold?

Man working out on treadmill

Advantages and Disadvantages of Exercising with Treadmills versus Exercising in the Cold

Using the treadmill or heading out for a walk? Both are a great source of activity and aerobic exercise, but which is better? You may want to note that no matter which you may prefer between the two, both forms of exercise are guaranteed to improve your cardiovascular system, the health of your lungs, and your lifestyle. With many people promoting both exercises, you might want to know which one is better. In that case, it may be helpful to consider each exercise's advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of Treadmills

Treadmills are a great source of indoor physical activity. They are also very convenient to use because they keep your environment steady and prevent you from facing obstacles you wouldn’t otherwise encounter when exercising outdoors. The main obstacle this time of year are the weather conditions and unsafe roads. Moreover, treadmills offer pre-programmed workouts and help you scale your progress more efficiently than winter walks.

Disadvantages of Treadmills

Despite their popularity, treadmills receive hate for their boredom factor. Running in one place and not getting anywhere can make it challenging to feel motivated. Another disadvantage is their cost. They can be pricey and take up quite a bit of room in the house. There are many gyms that have a low monthly fee where the treadmills can be used.

Advantages of Winter Walks

How to stay active in winter, you ask? The answer is winter walks! Winter walks are the way to go for the outdoorsy people seeking to get a little adventure in their day. Winter walks also engage more muscles than a treadmill, varying terrain helps, and steep pathways better engage glutes and the core to optimize stability. There is also some beautiful scenery and winter landscapes that can be seen after freshly fallen snow. The PowerStep Pinnacle Wool insoles are perfect for winter walks since they insulate and regulate temperature while providing the cushioning and support you need.

Outdoors with snow on ground, cold wintry weather

Disadvantages of Winter Walks

Winter walks expose you to dry air that may worsen respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD, and allergies. There are also the weather conditions this time of year to consider. Things like black ice can cause slips and falls resulting in minor bumps and bruises to serious injury or concussions.

In the end, treadmills offer a safer alternative to walking outside in potential risky conditions if you live in an area that gets snow or freezing temperatures. Each form of exercise offers its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

PowerStep PULSE Orthotic Insoles

Both forms of exercise can put unnecessary strain on joints and feet. The best insoles for treadmill walking are the PowerStep PULSE Performance Orthotic Insoles, which provide the care and cushioning your feet deserve.

Designed by runners for runners, the PULSE orthotic insoles provide a semi-rigid arch support, a stabilizing heel cup, and premium shock absorption to make your running journey more comfortable and enjoyable. These PULSE Performance Insoles are a great option for walkers or runners who are looking for a non-invasive way to help relieve and prevent pain.