There are certain times in the year when the weather turns for the worst taking away the prospect of a good outdoor run. It is in these moments when indoor jogging becomes a sound alternative. In this post, we will talk about the essential considerations for indoor jogging so one can plan ahead and not worry about whether running indoors is going to be just as effective or a temporary solution while waiting for the weather to cooperate again.
The first thing that has to be remembered when planning an indoor jogging routine is to find a suitable treadmill which meets all your needs. Without going into too much detail as to what constitutes a good treadmill, here are some of the most basic requirements that any treadmill must deliver in order to support indoor jogging routines:
•A good treadmill should be powerful enough to cater to a variety of workout scenarios. This is oftentimes related to the power of the motor installed in the treadmill. For best results, a 2.5Hp motor is preferred although motor ratings at 1.5Hp will also work to a certain tolerable degree. Motor power essentially determines how fast a treadmill can run as well as determine its usage life. No compromise should be made when picking a treadmill for indoor jogging.
•Depending on the available space, treadmills can vary from being portable to being bulky and heavy-duty. If you can afford to set the space apart exclusively for a treadmill, you should go out and buy the heavy duty ones as these deliver sturdy construction, better performance, higher motor rating, and more functions. Where space is a prime consideration, foldable ones with sufficient power rating and sturdy construction are acceptable.
With indoor jogging, it should be remembered that you can be limited to the types of workouts you can do on a treadmill. Even if it is equipped with the best motor on the market, one would be hard-pressed to do a full speed workout on indoor treadmills. Tempo runs and fartlek sessions are doable and so are base runs for mileage. For long runs, indoor jogging is definitely not something that you want to consider for this exercise.
When running indoors on a treadmill, make sure to add a gradient to your running routines. This is used to simulate the actual road conditions including the wind hitting your face as you run. A gradient between 1 and 3 degrees is recommended depending on one’s running proficient and fitness level. Running at a slightly higher speed can also be incorporated into the workouts to maintain fitness while away from the road. Remember that treadmills resemble more ideal conditions so if you are training for a road race, particularly a cross-country run, indoor jogging is most definitely just a temporary solution.
By and large, indoor jogging remains to be an excellent alternative to outdoor jogging when the conditions do not permit safe running. However, this can also be done in the summer when conditions are good but bear in mind that properly mixing road workouts with indoor jogging routines will deliver better results than if one were to stick to indoor jogging alone. If you are serious with your running goals, you will take this advice to heart and strive to get out for more road runs in order to build your running base so you can perform at peak level on race day. Still, indoor jogging can be just what you need on those bad weather days to keep from totally missing your jogging routine.