elliptical or treadmill

Elliptical vs Treadmill

Elliptical trainers and treadmills are at the front of the pack when it comes to getting an aerobic workout indoors. These two popular machines are similar - they are both great tools to burn calories and improve respiratory health - but depending on your situation and goals, each one holds advantages over the other. Let’s first take a closer look at each piece of equipment.

Treadmills

Treadmills are designed to help users perform simple exercises like walking, jogging, running and even hill climbing (depending on the model of treadmill). Exercising on a treadmill is a great way to burn calories, improve cardiovascular health, increase energy level’s and build bone density.

Treadmill Treadmills allow you to exercise in a convenient and comfortable setting – your own home. This is ideal for when you can’t exercise outside. And while some might consider the cost to be expensive, they can pay for themselves in a year or two compared to paying for a gym membership to use their treadmill.

Most home and commercial treadmills come with an onboard computer which has pre-set programs and intensity levels for you to choose from. You can also program in personal information like age, weight, height, etc. and choose a pre-set program, “run up hill” for example, and the computer will automatically adjust the workout to your specifications.

The one limitation to treadmills is that it only works your lower body, which brings us to…

Ellipticals

While treadmills are the most popular type of aerobic equipment on the market, the elliptical is fast rising and becoming more and more popular every day.

Elliptical Like the treadmill, ellipticals are great for burning calories and improving cardiovascular health. But, unlike treadmills, they also work the lower AND upper body!

The running motion on an elliptical is a bit different than a treadmill in the fact that your feet never leave the machine. Instead, you stand on pedals and move your feet in an oval type motion. This movement doesn’t have the jarring effect of running on a treadmill which is easier on the joints. Because of this, ellipticals are a great choice for those who are older or recovering from a joint related injury.

In conjunction with the running motion, ellipticals also have handlebars that exercise the arms, back, shoulders and core. Imagine the full body movement of cross country skiing and that’s what you have with an elliptical.

Most ellipticals are equipped with computers, as well, that can help you monitor your heart rate, display calories burned, miles jogged, etc.

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The Verdict: Elliptical or Treadmill?

So, which is better? The fast rising new-comer to the fitness industry or the leading piece of aerobic equipment that has dominated for years?

The ol’ elliptical vs treadmill debate comes down to one thing: personal preference!

Do you suffer from joint pain when walking or jogging? Then try out the elliptical. Are you preparing for a 10K? Then the treadmill will be your best bet!

There isn’t a one-size-fits all machine that covers all the bases. Which is why we designed this site to help you find the aerobic machine that’s best for you.

Surf around the site and check out our elliptical and treadmill pages to learn more about each. You can also read through our treadmill reviews and elliptical reviews for all the major brands and most popular machines. Plus, there’s even more goodies over at our blog!

Either way we got you covered! And feel free to contact us at anytime if you ever have any questions!