So which exercise machine is better: treadmill or elliptical trainer?
While treadmills are still #1 piece of home exercise equipment, elliptical trainers are quickly catching up. This leaves many people wondering 'Should I buy an elliptical trainer or a treadmill?'
While there are definite differences between two, it really boils down to you - buyer. This article will lay out benefits of both treadmill and elliptical so you can make an informed decision and choose best machine for you.
· Great for runners, walkers and joggers:
The treadmill is still machine of choice for those who prefer running, jogging or even walking.
It's obviously a smarter choice for dedicated runner/jogger than an elliptical trainer. Plus it can help you train even in winter months when you don't want to run outside.
· Anyone can use it:
Walking is a simple form of exercise that anyone can do - from beginner to seasoned athlete. It doesn't take much coordination.
You don't have to be supercoordinated to figure out how to use a treadmill whereas elliptical trainers can sometimes be a little tricky to use – especially for beginners.
· Provides workout variety:
A treadmill also provides workout variety of a different kind than elliptical trainer. A treadmill allows you to walk, run, jog, walk uphill, do intervals and programs. You can even build in upper body handweights to work your arms, back and shoulders.
Elliptical Trainer Benefits:
· Lower impact on your joints than a treadmill:
What is interesting is that this lack of impact on joints allows user to burn roughly same amount of calories as treadmills with impression of putting out considerably less effort.