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Is running in place as effective as running on a treadmill?

No, while running in place is better than nothing at all and is a good warm up technique it does not replace actual running for effectiveness. The mechanics of running forward are much different than the mechanics of running in place and are much more effective at producing positive benefits in the body such as calories burned, muscles worked, and load bearing benefits to the bones.  Other than being used as a warm up try to perform actual running instead of jogging in place.

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