Health and Fitness

Elliptical trainer vs. Treadmill

Treadmills have been one of the most popular forms of exercise machine for a long time. The popularity of the treadmill is being increasingly threatened by the elliptical trainer – another type of exercise machine that provides non-impact workouts.

According to a recent survey, trends indicate that the elliptical trainer will become more popular than the treadmill. Of course, that is something that time will decide. In the meanwhile, let us discuss the two types of machines individually, and then their relative advantages and disadvantages.

The treadmill is an exercise machine that allows you to run in place on a moving tread belt that is powered by a motor.

Elliptical trainer on the other hand is a very modern and sophisticated exercise machine for that allows you to use pedals and handle bars to exercise. You actually do not run on an elliptical.

Both machines are exercise machines, with essential differences. Let us discuss these differences.

Elliptical trainer Vs Treadmill:

You walk, jog or run in place on a treadmill. You can change the speed at which you walk or jog. Since you can walk or jog on treadmill the lower torso gets a lot of exercise, whereas the only thing in your upper torso that gets exercise are your arms.

Even though treadmills have cushioning systems, there is always some degree of stress that is absorbed by your feet, ankles, knees and hips.
An elliptical trainer on the other hand exercises your upper and lower body. It consists of pedals for your lower body and a set of flexible bars that exercise your arms, shoulders and back. You can reach your targeted heart rate much faster on an elliptical trainer than a treadmill.

Exercising on an elliptical trainer involves much lower shock levels to your body, practically nonexistent. Another advantage of an elliptical is that you are able to workout more intensively, because your body can workout much harder.
Treadmills are very popular exercise machines. Elliptical trainers are catching on fast, and people may start preferring the latter to the former in a very short span of time.