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Are you looking to purchase cardio equipment but aren’t which one is best for you? This article might help you make a right decision. Both - treadmill and an elliptical cross trainer - deliver a great cardio workout and provide an effective means of training. You will find that both equipment types are a great way to getting your heart rate up and burning calories, no matter the weather outside. There are however, advantages and disadvantages to each.
Elliptical Machine Benefits
One of the primary benefits an elliptical is that it provides a low-impact cardiovascular workout letting you avoid the pounding as when for example running. If done correctly, there is minimal impact on the hip, knee, and ankle joints. (Along with an elliptical, an exercise bike and rowing machine will provide a low-impact workout as well.)
Unlike a treadmill, an elliptical can deliver a complete full-body workout , if you use the handles. To do so effectively, you will need to actively push and pull on the handles while engaging your core muscles. This done in conjunction with the movement and power generated from your legs will provide comlpete muscle toning. If you are looking to mainly target your lower body, you can forgo the use of the handles focusing most muscle exertion to your legs and core.
Generally speaking, an elliptical may be slightly safer than a treadmill since your feet never leave the pedals. This eliminates the potential misstep resulting in a potential fall or loss of balance.
Depending on the treadmill type, some treadmills will require regular maintenance whereas an elliptical does not it. While the maintenance only requires the lubricating and possible centering of the treadmill belt, if you are looking for a no-maintenance machine you may want to consider an elliptical or no-maintenance treadmill.
Additionally, some elliptical machines will let you pedal backwards allowing you to more directly target a different set of leg muscles.
Running on a treadmill can provide a more consistent workout comparing to running outdoors. Targeting your calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, and hip muscles. Treadmill running provides a great means of training for your outdoor runs and races in the comfort and convenience of your home or gym. When the weather outside isn’t ideal or if your schedule doesn’t permit the time, running on a treadmill may be the perfect alternative.
Unlike an elliptical, running on a treadmill allows for your feet to completely lift off the treadmill belt. In doing so you are required to engage your ab muscles more to keep your body stable and centered within the treadmill.
Both treadmill and elliptical have roughly the same footprint, treadmills are gererally shorter and easier to fit within an average sized ceiling height. Elliptical machine is taller and also requires more room due to the ocular rotation of the pedals. Furthermore, people tend to “bounce” while using an elliptical, especially at the apex of the rotation requiring additional available head space. All things considered, if you have limited available space, a treadmill may be the best fit.
Weight Loss: Elliptical vs Treadmill
All forms of cardio exercise equipment have the same effective potential for loosing weight. But it all depends on the amount of effort you are willing to put. The more you crank up the resistance, incline, or speed, the more you will maximize your calory burn and weight loss potential. So if your end goal is to loose some weight, both a treadmill and elliptical will help you achieve your goal.
The bottom line: remember thet fitness equipment is only beneficial if you use it! Set attainable goals and create a circle of health for yourself for today and the future!