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So you burn same amount of calories while feeling like you did less work. (This is called 'Rate of Perceived Exertion')
This lower impact also makes elliptical trainer a great choice for those with knee or hip problems, elderly or even rehabilitation patients.
· Provides an overall body workout:
With dual-action upper body arms as well as foot pedals, you are getting an overall total body workout. Whereas treadmill mostly focuses on lower body, elliptical works your entire system for an overall cardiovasculer workout.
· Provides workout variety:
One feature that is often overlooked on an elliptical is opportunity to move in both a forward and backward direction.
When you go backward you are targeting a different set of muscles than when you go forward (hamstrings vs. quadriceps). This helps add variety to your workout and keeps you motivated.
So those are some advantages of both elliptical trainers and treadmills. Is one machine better than other? It really depends on who you are and what YOU enjoy doing.
Here's bottom line:
If you enjoy using a specific exercise machine more than others, you will exercise more often - which means more calories burned, more weight lost and a better body achieved. That is best exercise machine for you.
One final note: Remember that whichever machine you choose – with exercise equipment you basically get what you pay for. Many people buy cheap equipment and then pay for it later in form of equipment repairs, joint problems and painful injuries. Make sure you buy a high quality brand name machine with a solid warranty that was built to last.
Kathryn O'Neill is chief editor for Elliptical Trainer Review
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