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Choosing The Calorie Burner: A Treadmill Or An Elliptical Trainer

Considering the fact that treadmills and elliptical trainers are the two highest selling fitness equipments, there is a raging debate about which device is able to burn more calories and thus better suited for weight reduction and overall toning of the human body. While the treadmills are still selling much more than the elliptical trainers, there is a definite shift of focus from treadmills to elliptical trainers.

In a series of experiments done, it was found that an average man who weighs about 150 pounds can burn 189 calories when he walks at a speed of 2 miles per hour for an hour. If he can walk for an hour at three miles per hour, he can burn almost 300 calories. Similarly if he can jog for one hour, a person can burn 477 calories. If a person can maintain a constant speed of 7 miles per hour for an hour he can burn 783 calories.

An elliptical trainer on the other hand can burn 774 calories in 60 minutes but you must notice that the figure does not mention the level of intensity involved in the exercise. Use of elliptical trainer at top speed for 60 minutes might be enough to get this much burnout but considering that most of the people use the elliptical trainer at intensity equal to a brisk walk, it seems that both the devices can burn virtually equal amount of calories.

The choice between a treadmill and an elliptical trainer should be based on the level of exertion you can maintain for longer period. If you think that you can use the treadmill for long periods at high exertion levels, it should be your option because you can burn more calories on the treadmill. If you think that you can use the elliptical trainer for longer period at high stress levels, go for the elliptical trainer.

To put in a nutshell, the ability to burn more calories does not depend on the machine you use, but your preference and your ability to undertake long high intensity sessions on that machine.