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elliptical or treadmill

Cardio Equipment for my home, elliptical or treadmill When it comes to exercise on equipment, both ellipticals and treadmills offer excellent cardiovascular workouts. As a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, sometimes I’m asked which machine provides a better workout. While that can depend on the person’s intensity level during, I’d say that ellipticals offer more benefits overall.

Think about it:

  • Low impact:  Elliptical machines are noticeably less jarring to the hips, knees and ankles.
  • Perceived exertion:  Because ellipticals disperse the workload over the entire body, research shows that people working out on ellipticals don’t feel like they are working as hard as those on treadmills – even when they are at the same intensity level.
  • Total-body:  Ellipticals engage both the upper and lower body muscles for a better overall workout and for building upper-body muscular endurance.
  • Variety:  All you can do on a treadmill is walk or run, but many ellipticals let you isolate the arms and/or legs, move forward and backward and take on intervals that target specific muscle groups, such as Octane’s X-Mode, GluteKicker and ArmBlaster. Plus, Octane’s CROSS CiRCUIT lets you combine cardio and strength intervals for a super-efficient, effective regimen. And the LateralX from Octane delivers an entirely new way to move with elliptical and lateral movement in multiple planes of motion.

Finally, if you’re considering buying a piece of equipment for your home, consider:

  • Noise:  Ellipticals have much quieter operation than treadmills, which can be important if you have a baby or late-sleeping teen in the house, or if you just want to watch TV during a workout.
  • Power supply:  Many ellipticals are self-powered, which gives you flexibility to place them anywhere.
  • Footprint: Some ellipticals can require less space than treadmills and have a lower step-up height so that they can be used in basements with low ceilings.

While ellipticals provide many excellent workout benefits, when choosing elliptical or treadmill, it’s always best to use whatever is right for you!