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Comparing Elliptical Machines vs. Treadmill
Did you know that more and more individuals are recognizing the benefits of using exercise machines these days? Using these, they can workout on right in the comfort of their own homes – at their own pace and at their own time.
Another good thing about using stationary exercise machines is that they will give you the same level of physical workout that you will get by running for one hour, for example. You can even multitask and listen to music or watch your favorite television programs because there are some stationary machines which come with LCD’s as an added feature.
Moreover, instead of just giving you the chance to work on your lower body, there are stationary exercise machines with handles which lets you work on your upper body at the same time.
Elliptical Machines versus Treadmills: Which One will Give You the Ultimate Overall Body Workout?
Now, two of the most popular stationary exercise machines are treadmills and elliptical trainers. As you may already know, the treadmill is the older among the two because it has been around the fitness industry for what seems like forever. Elliptical machines, on the other hand, are relatively new in the fitness industry – although they are so popular these days that you will hardly see any gym or fitness club without one of these nifty exercise machines.
So which among these two stationary exercise machines will give you the ultimate body workout? To help you out in deciding, let us take a look at some points of comparison:
The physical differences between treadmills and elliptical machines
Visit any gym or fitness club and you can easily see the physical difference between these two. Basically, a treadmill is a typically bulky, black exercise machine which is made up of a looping belt. It imitates the act of running or walking without ever leaving your position.
Meanwhile, an elliptical machine is a stationary exercise machine which can produce varying positions including an elliptical motion, thus the name. Another difference between the treadmill and an elliptical machine is that the latter has handle bars built in so that you can also be given an upper body workout.
The types of exercises which are imitated with treadmills and elliptical machines
Using a treadmill will allow you to go through the motions of walking or running. This is unlike with the help of an elliptical trainer which lets you do cross-country skiing, stair climbing, hiking and biking.
The vigorousness of workouts that you can do with treadmills and elliptical machines.
For this aspect, the treadmill and elliptical machine seems to be on an equal footing because both machines can be adjusted according to the level of physical exertion that you like.
The impact of the treadmill and elliptical machine exercises to your joints
Basically, elliptical machines have the edge when it comes to the impact that it has to your joints. When you use an elliptical trainer, it will be similar to gliding or running on air because of the smoothness of motion that your feet and legs will make.
Those who have knee problems, those who are overweight and the elderly will have a better and easier time working out using the elliptical trainer.
The overall body workout provided by treadmills and elliptical machines
Finally, with a treadmill, it is only the lower portion of the body which is given a workout. This is unlike the elliptical trainers which have handles that will let you work on your upper body as well.
As you can see, the benefits of using elliptical trainers seem to outweigh that of a treadmill’s. However, it is still up to you to pick out the machine that will give you the level of workout that you need and help you meet your fitness goals more easily.
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