Running: Treadmill or Pavement?

Anahad O’Connor of The New York Times wants to know, does running outdoors burn more calories than running on a treadmill? Find out:
According to several studies, the answer is not so simple. Researchers have found in general that while outdoor running tends to promote a more intense exercise, running on a treadmill helps reduce the likelihood of injury, and thus may allow some people to run longer and farther.

A number of studies have shown that in general, outdoor running burns about 5 percent more calories than treadmills do, in part because there is greater wind resistance and no assistance from the treadmill belt. Some studies show, for example, that when adults are allowed to set their own paces on treadmills and on tracks, they move more slowly and with shorter strides when they train on treadmills.
I prefer running outside, but, I run on the treadmill A LOT; although my treadmill skills pale in comparison to these guys. Take a look:

If I tried those moves I’d be blogging from a hospital bed—EEK!
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April - May 7, 2008 1:39 PM

Some people have way too much time on their hands!! wow!

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