OpinionIn cities, using a treadmill at home is healthier than jogging outside
      – BorgClown, 2008-10-15 at 20:15:58   (6 comments)

On 2008-10-15 at 20:17:40, BorgClown wrote...
Breathing outside can be nasty when there are temperature inversions - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inversion_(meteorology)
On 2008-10-15 at 21:54:17, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It depends what you mean by 'healthier'. Running with a partner is considerably better than running alone, because running alone causes stress and running with others "seems to improve social networking and connectedness". "In addition, there is growing evidence from the UK, Scandinavia and the US that being active outdoors... can also bring substantial mental health benefits by reducing stress levels and enhancing mood." Part of the problem cities have is in their fundamental design - they should make exercise easy, or inevitable, but they don't.
On 2008-10-16 at 03:46:36, BorgClown wrote...
You got me, I suppose an eremite exercising alone would have worse mental health than if he did it outside. Mens sana in corpore sano.
On 2008-10-16 at 08:51:05, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I actually have a big treadmill in my living room (-: but I don't use it because it's too painful to go any useful distance, and you just get to stare at the wall in front of you. I imagine that you can go further when you're with someone else (and don't have a Stop button in front of you). I'm supposed to be going on a 7 mile walk in the country on Sunday with a group of people, so to practice I'm going to try an equivalent distance into the city by myself today.
On 2008-10-20 at 07:57:59, Forevermore wrote...
You don't get sunshine on a treadmill.
On 2008-10-20 at 14:03:26, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Lack of fresh air is also a big problem - you need a lot of oxygen when you're running and the air indoors isn't really good enough.