There’s no denying the fact that running is an excellent form of cardiovascular activity and has been used as a training tool and recreational activity for decades.
However, with gyms bringing in dozens of elliptical trainers, it’s worth wondering if it’s a superior option.
Let’s compare the two machines on different factors, so you can make an informed decision:
• Calorie Burn: If your focus is on fat loss and burning calories, elliptical trainers can be a terrific option.
• Injury Prevention: It’s important to note that the elliptical trainer may not come out ahead if the movement pattern feels very awkward to you. Due to the fixed parts of the machine, which have been built for the “average person”, it may not work well if you’re under or over the target height range. In that case, you may notice that you feel more natural when running on the treadmill and are less likely to suffer from an injury.
• Strength Improvement: If building strength is a goal of yours, the elliptical earns top marks here as well. Using the resistance settings, you’re able to challenge both your upper and lower body with this machine. Don’t shy away from putting it at a higher level!
• Ease of Use: This is one factor where the treadmill comes out ahead. When it comes to the physical movements required, almost everyone knows how to put one foot in front of the other, but the elliptical trainer can take a little getting used to