Exercise Equipment

Which Works Better–The treadmill or the elliptical trainer?

The cold winter months are just around the corner. You are probably thinking of buying yourself an exercise machine, because you do not want to sacrifice your exercise routine to the weather.  However, you cannot seem to decide between an elliptical trainer and a treadmill!

Let us take a look at the differences between the two and help you to decide.

Treadmills have been in use much longer than elliptical trainers have been. The earliest treadmills were very basic machines in a manner of speaking and consisted of nothing more than a flimsy belt and hard metal bars that you could walk on. These provided little cushioning to your feet.

Today of course, the story is very different and treadmills are extremely sophisticated. The impact that your body absorbs when using a treadmill is about two and a half times the body’s weight. You can either have very intensive shorter duration workouts on treadmills or go in for a workout session that is a little less intensive, yet of a longer duration.

Treadmills can be used as a means to exercise - by walking or jogging – indoors.

That is just what treadmills are good for – walking or jogging indoors. Elliptical trainers on the other hands exercise both the upper and the lower parts of your body. One of the advantages of an elliptical trainer over a treadmill is that there is very impact to the body when you are training and less strain on the joints and bones. Since you are working out your entire body, the heart rate reaches its peak much faster in the case of these machines.

Otherwise, both treadmills and elliptical trainers will enable you to burn an equivalent number of calories in your workouts.

Irrespective of the machine you choose, make sure you get a complete physical checkup before you begin an exercise regimen.