Can A Treadmill Be Kept Outside?

Woman on a treadmill

By Simon Gould

Treadmills take up a lot of room, especially the motorized ones. Some of us don't have the space for a home gym or somewhere to put a treadmill. Maybe you just don't want one inside and there is so much room outside. You may have a big backyard but space is a premium inside. All this would make having a treadmill outside ideal, but is it possible and what do we need to consider?

What you'll need

You need an electrical outlet. Many homes have this for entertaining outside and even if your's doesn't, you can get extended cables that will help do the job. A treadmill cover is essential, treadmills have electronics in the console and electrical components in the motor. You don't want rain getting in there. Amazon do treadmill covers* that will do the job.

Then what if it's raining and you want to exercise? I would advise getting some sort of canopy or other covering to protect your treadmill. Any shelter or shady spot is good as even sunshine can make it over heat. Also a treadmill mat would be a good investment to prevent moisture getting in underneath. Amazon* do a good selection of those too.

Outdoor precautions

Before you buy your treadmill check to see if having it outside affects the warranty. Some have good warranties that include 2 years of labor and more so it would be a shame if it needed a repair only to be given an invoice. Treadmill maintenance is especially important when it's kept outside so do keep it clean and don't use any solvents.

One often over looked factor of having a treadmill outside is it needs to be on level ground. This isn't difficult if you're putting it on a patio but if your backyard is uneven this may cause problems. A treadmill on a slope will develop faults, the belt will start going to one side. Make sure the ground is nice and flat before installation.


There are advantages to using a treadmill and if you use one outside you get the benefits of outdoor exercise too. Manual treadmills are more suited as they have less electrics but they are less easy to use and have fewer features. You can spend a lot on a treadmill so you want to make sure it lasts as long as it can.

Treadmills aren't really designed to be kept and used outside, the temperature fluctuates and the humidity changes. If you live in a country or area like that, then a gym may be a good option. But for some outside may be the only choice. If you take certain precautions like a cover, mat and regular maintenance, you may be able to extend the life of the machine and use it outside successfully.

Thinking of buying a treadmill? See my top 3 recommended treadmills for 2021

Meet The Author

Simon Gould

I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.

Follow Me

Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin

Popular Pages

1 Couch to 5k on a treadmill

2 Is it ok to run on a treadmill everyday?

3 What is a good treadmill speed?

4 Why do I run slower on a treadmill?

5 When will I see results from using a treadmill?