i ran outside during the spring and summer almost daily, and my knees never bothered me.
then in the fall i tried running on the treadmill once and my knees have been bothering me since then, my calves were also feeling really sore the next day (they never get sore when i run outside). im wondering if my gyms treadmills have a bad shock absorber (worse than pavement)? or is it the way i run on a treadmill? or my shoes? i bought new shoes and they were smacking really hard on the treadmill it must have sounded like i weighed 300lbs. i bought 3 new running shoes from decathlon a week ago these seemed much better when i testran with them inside the store but i havent used them yet. im just scared to give it another try on the treadmill and ruin my knees that way. im about to head outside for a jog now for the first time since mid october, but it's still really cold so i don't really like it (hurts to breath, airways freezing). but i miss running so much!!!
01-23-2011, 07:33 AM #1
Why does running on the treadmill hurt my knees?
Last edited by justanothagirl; 01-23-2011 at 07:39 AM.
01-23-2011, 09:03 AM #2
I would first ask how much you weigh and how long you run. Running does impact your knees but it shouldn't hurt like that unless you are overweight and running too long.
I would try switching up your cardio routine so you have less stress on your knees and get a better "all around workout". You should run one day, than use the exercise bike, and if you have access to a pool, go swimming. Switch it up.
01-23-2011, 09:04 AM #3
01-23-2011, 09:20 AM #4
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Treadmills work a little different than running outside so you may have to adjust a bit to concentrate more on your actual foot motion. Make sure you roll off the foot, heel to toe, taking longer strides and pushing off a bit more. Also try starting with light stretching and make sure that you're warming up properly, walking at a slow to moderate pace for several moments first before you run.
01-23-2011, 11:18 AM #5
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Treadmills are very different the running outside. First off, the fact that its a moveing belt, your not utilyzing as many muscle groups as if you were running outside. Set the elevation to 5.0 to make it APPROXIMATLY the same as if you were running outside.
Also, I've never been a big fan of running on treadmills, the shock absorber is a little easier on your knee's, hips, ankles then running on concrete but IMO not as good as on grass or dirt, or on the sand...
Although you only weigh 105. A good estimation for how much weight is impacting on your knee's is you can multiply your weight by 3 and that's about how much weight each knee is absorbing during impact.
So you can really see those numbers getting large, especially when we are talking about 250-300LBers!The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and hear all kinds of talk, get told that you're a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds. ~Henry Rollins
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is this not ok?
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