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Photo: New Africa (Shutterstock) Running is invigorating: feeling the wind moving through your hair, your body connecting with the earth beneath your feet, a chance to take stock of the world that moves around you and the world that moves within you . Unless, of course, the weather sucks. Then it’s time to book it indoors and hit everyone’s “favorite” cardio machine, the treadmill. If you’re worried about transitioning your outdoor runs to the treadmill this winter, you’re not alone. In addition to basic safety concerns, you might be worried that you’re not getting all the same physical benefits as pounding the pavement on a physical track. Plus, what’s the deal with that calorie counter on the machine? Here’s what to know about running on the treadmill. How different are treadmill runs, really? When it comes to how much work you put into your run, the treadmill is not “cheating” (no, the belt moving doesn’t do the work for you). You’ll get all the same physical benefits as your outdoors runs, excluding the mental perks of spending time outdoors . Likewise, if you can walk or run outdoors, the treadmill isn’t going to give you a different type of workout . Ignore that calorie counter As mentioned above, indoor and outdoor runs are not going to be drastically different, despite what the differing data from your treadmill’s built-in calorie counter and your smartwatch might be suggesting. Lifehacker Senior Health Editor Beth Skwarecki explains it like this : Unless a […]