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Why Do I Run Slower On a Treadmill?

If you happen to be someone who goes for a run in the streets every day, once you step on a treadmill, it is going to feel very different.

On the outside, if you’re running on trails then every foot that you put forward is on different terrain. There is wind blowing and you enjoy the run for not one but various other reasons as well. The wind keeps you cool. You can slow down as you like. It’s a completely different and more natural experience.

But we have seen many runners report on Shapewhizz that when they are running on treadmills, they run slower. Why is that? Let’s find out.

Why should it be easier when you run on a treadmill?

When you’re running on a trail, there are concrete and obviously different terrains which make every footfall feel different. But on a treadmill, you will be running on a plain belt for the longest time. This should feel easier because you’re not going to step on a different surface every time you move forward.

There are no hurdles that you need to watch out for neither you need to worry about falling down. Also, there is no wind resistance which also sometimes slows you down.

Why treadmill running can be hard for some people?

The very first reason that we find which makes it difficult to run on a treadmill is heat. When you are running indoors, there is going to be a sweat and heat buildup which at times slows you down. You will have to try and keep a consistent temperature when you run.

Running on the treadmill also affects your stride length. We know you don’t have to worry about falling off when you’re on a treadmill but don’t get too hasty. You will probably slow down when you’re making longer slides.

The resistance against the treadmill belt is also one of the reasons why some people slow down. Especially, if you’re working out on a treadmill that is manual, it is going to ask for more power from you. This also slows you down.

If you’re a beginner, then that is another reason why it’s difficult to run faster in the beginning when you’re on a treadmill. But with time, you will be able to manage your resistance.

Final verdict,

So, this is why you run slower on a treadmill. We hope we have got your answer. Treadmill running is very convenient and makes for an amazing workout routine. You just need to be determined enough.

It may feel different in the beginning but once you start, you will get the hang of it. We would love to know if you have anything more that you would like to add to this conversation. Do leave us with your feedback below.

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