Skip Nav
Fitness Gear
Adidas Unveils the Freshest UltraBoost X Kicks, All Made From Ocean Plastic
FitFinder
We've Found Your Next Workout
Healthy Living
These Cute Cartoons Remind Us to Love Our Bodies

How Walking Outside Burns More Calories Than the Treadmill

3 Reasons to Take Your Walk Outside

Walking briskly is a great option for those looking to do a low-impact workout that's easy on the joints or one you can squeeze into your workday without needing a shower afterward. You could hit the gym and walk on a treadmill, but if you want to burn more calories, here are three reasons you should take your walking feet outside.

  1. A treadmill belt is flat, consistent, predictable, and constantly moving. All these factors mean it doesn't take much effort to propel your body forward with each step. On the contrary, if you take a walk outside, you're constantly having to react to uneven terrain, or dodge obstacles such as people, holes, or sticks. This taxes your muscles more than using a treadmill, which translates to extra calories burned per minute. To increase your calorie burn even more, walk on trails or in the sand rather than sidewalks or paved bike paths.
  2. You can pump up the incline on your treadmill to work your butt and thigh muscles, but you can find even steeper hills outdoors. The steeper the incline, the more calories you'll burn, so when you head outside be sure your workout includes some major hills.
  3. Stepping outdoors for your workout is much more inspirational than a repetitive walk on your gym's treadmill. The gorgeous scenery, fresh air, and constantly changing environment has been shown to inspire people to walk longer. Increase the duration of your workout, and you'll end up burning more calories.
Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
jlsander07 jlsander07 4 years
I definitely agree with how walking outside is inspiring- and it's so much less boring! With so many things to look at, you're always thinking about something other than your walk/jog/run. Thanks for the great article! :)
Boxer Alicia Napoleon
You Asked: 60-Minute Brisk Walk vs. 30-Minute Jog
Walking HIIT Treadmill Workout
Four Active Family Weekends to Explore
Reasons New Moms Cry
Pretty Girl Names
Things You Shouldn't Say to New Moms
Why Walking Is a Good Way to Exercise
Mom Workout
Dad Runs Fastest Marathon With Stroller | Video

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds