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elliptical vs treadmill
elliptical vs treadmill

Elliptical vs Treadmill

Two of the most commonly used pieces of exercise equipment are elliptical machines and treadmills.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these machines and some people favor one over the other.

They both have impressive benefits in terms of giving you a cardiovascular workout and help you to burn the calories necessary for weight loss. Research shows that both of them are almost identical in terns of the psychological benefits, exertion and heart rate and oxygen retention.

Most people prefer treadmills because you are walking or running naturally whereas some elliptical models force you into an unnatural stride that may be too short or too long for you.

However, if you are looking for exercise equipment that won't cause any damage to your joints and bones, the elliptical models do this better than treadmills. With treadmills your feet are still pounding on the track, whereas with an elliptical your feet never leave the footplates as you glide back and forth.

The biggest difference between a treadmill and an elliptical machine is that on an elliptical the handlebars move in synchronization with the foot pedals so that you move your upper body muscles as well as your lower body muscles.

This allows you to workout all the major muscle groups in the body. The ellipticals that have reverse motion on them let you target the same muscle groups in different ways.

However, because a treadmill does require some pounding of the feet, it may provide more bone density benefits that an elliptical will with its low impact feature.

Even when buying treadmills and ellipticals heavier user have to look for brands that can carry heavy loads. Also, some treadmills are more suited for walking than they are for running or jogging.

It takes less time to achieve the same results with toning and firming muscles and to burn the same amount of calories by working out on an elliptical machine that it does with a treadmill.

Research also shows that people do not realize they are working hard on an elliptical because the perceived rate of exertion is less. You really have to look at different brands of both treadmills and ellipticals and if possible, try them out, before you make your decision.

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