💡The truth about people’s number 1 exercising machine :
⚠️It often causes shin splints (or medial tibia stress syndrome), which is an inflammation of the muscles, tendons & tissue surrounding the tibia, due to the accelerated backward motion that mimics running slightly downhill!
⚠️The moving belt has a tendency to encourage ankle dorsiflexion (= movement of the foot up toward the shin), which promotes a heel strike and increases the risk for Achilles tendon injuries and/or calf shortness!
⚠️The treadmill draws the leg backward while it is normally the gluteal muscles’ job. This can cause more hip flexors (=quadriceps) recruitment and less gluteal & hip extensors (=hamstrings) function!!
⚠️The overactive hip flexors may draw the pelvis forward, increasing the arch in the spine and resulting in lower back pain & potential postural deviations like lumbar lordosis or sway back!!
⚠️Accelerated motion may cause various knee injuries!
⚠️It’s BORING, (even if you distract yourself with some music or TV show while exercising!), as it provides a limited kind of exercise & takes away the thrill you feel when you jog/run outside —>
Outdoor running offers many variables and benefits indeed, such as changes in the surface, directions & road shape (hills, etc), weather factors (wind, sun, outside temperature), making quick & sudden starts/ stops, more calorie burn and a greater energy boost due to the change of scenery, sight-seeing, the sense of exploration and of course, an increased vitamin D intake when running on sunny days 🌞😎
👉🏼So, to the many, many people who are totally crazy about treadmills (& I’ve always wondered why 🙄🤔):
It would be much safer & more efficient to limit the treadmill use to a maximum of 10-15 minutes as a warm-up (walking then jogging) preceding your resistance or cardio training routine 🤫