Long before, the elliptical trainer came into the picture, the leading home-gym equipment staple for cardiovascular exercises was the treadmill. The treadmill allows you to run, or walk yourself fit inside the comfort of your own home. However, with the advent of the elliptical exercise machine, the treadmill found a tough rival. These products have been competing for the number one spot of the best cardiovascular exercise machine ever since.
I am sure that you are here because you are either thinking of starting your own gym at home or wanting to know which exercise machine will benefit you more. I think what most people are concerned about in comparing these two machines is their ability to burn calories. In other words, which of the two allows you to burn more calories?
I am sure you all think it is the treadmill, right? After all, the treadmill provides more rigor since it does not have a low-impact on the joints like the elliptical has. Based on these, you would gather that the treadmill provides more superior workout than the elliptical. But contrary to what you think, according to research, both exercise equipment can actually burn calories at more or less the same rate. Both are on par with each other, they can both provide a good cardiovascular workout and strengthen your body. So, what then is their difference?
Aside from the glaringly obvious difference in their design, another one of their difference lies in the variety of workout they can provide and the adjustments you are allowed to do to make it suit you more. The treadmill is more of a challenge as a workout machine as opposed to the elliptical because it has high-impact on your limbs. But again I repeat that even though one provides more challenge in terms of endurance, it does not follow that one burns more calorie than the other.
I think what people need to consider more than which one is the better machine in this long battle of ellipticals vs. treadmills is which one is the most suitable for them. For example, if you are a person with leg problems or somebody who is considered to be an aged person, then you shoud use the elliptical. It will not put a lot of strain on your limbs but it won’t compromise the quality of your workout. But if you are a runner, and you need it for training then you definitely need a treadmill. It provides more of a challenge for you; it builds your strength and endurance.
So, which one is best for you? That will depend on your fitness goals. Live well.