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You can burn more calories on a treadmill simply by turning up the incline. Tracks are always flat, but the ground will offer more resistance than a treadmill, because the treadmill is always moving with you. I doubt the calorie difference between a flat treadmill and a flat track would be *that* significant if the track is smooth. Now, if you were running on gravel, grass, or even pavement that is kinda hilly, that's where the resistance would make a difference.
Saturday, October 28, 2006, 4:54 PM
I don't know the answer, but my guess is that you burn a lot of calories running either on a track or on a treadmill and very few sitting on the couch. So . . . I'd spend time running on whichever one you prefer and you will burn lots of calories. I realize that my response sounds kind of flip and it's not mean that way, so let me explain. Like many of us trying to lose weight, I've spent a lot of time reading about how many calories are burned doing exercise x versus exercise y versus exercise z. In the end, many forms of exercise help us to burn calories and I think the big trick is not finding the one that burns 412 calories per hour versus 399 calories per hour but finding one (or two or more) that you really enjoy (or, at least, can stand) and that you will be able to do often.
For me, I like running on a treadmill a whole hell of a lot better than running outside (track or otherwise) - and I'm not sure I would even know where to find a track where I live. So . . . I run a lot on a treadmill. But that is just what is convenient and more enjoyable to me. If I felt compelled to run outside (where, while I can't find a track, I can find wind and hills etc.), I know that I personally would end up doing a lot less running, so the benefit in more calories burned would be entirely lost by spending much less time doing the exercise.
Sunday, October 29, 2006, 12:12 AM
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