Elliptical Trainers Offer a Great Workout
Both Treadmills and elliptical trainers are excellent tools for an
aerobic workout. Both offer the opportunity for a workout indoors at
home. When you consider the cost of a gym membership for a year, both
the elliptical machine and treadmill start to become a bargain. Get
yourself a set of dumbbells for the strength training portion of your
So which one is better? A good elliptical trainer can be very
ďimpact-freeĒ. This will help your knee and other joints remain free
from damage due to the jarring motion of walking. The treadmill is not
quite as good in that regard. Treadmills do have a pad underneath the
rotating mat that helps alleviate the jarring. Although better than
walking / running on concrete, a treadmill is not quite as good as a
superior quality elliptical.
According to About.com the elliptical trainer will allow you to burn the
same number of calories but without the impact on your joints. Plus you
can get your arms moving at the same time. I usually like to put some
weights in my hands when I walk on the treadmill. It gives me a more
been around for a very long time. The newer ellipticals are
starting to catch on. There is a problem though. Not all
ellipticals are the same. The best one I have ever been on was the
LifeFitness Elliptical Crosstrainer. The newer models are the 95XE,
95XI, 93X, 91X and the 90X. Those are commercial grade Ellipticals
and will cost you several thousand dollars.
Some of the cheaper ellipticals can either put impact on your joints
from the start or wear-out quickly. This is what you want to watch
for: When your right (or left) foot is in the top position, does it
travel down smoothly or do you notice it moving quickly. The effect is
hard to describe, but I have found that most ellipticals donít have a
fluid circular motion, even when the resistance is turned up.
Some elliptical trainers are so cheap you feel like your motion is
divided into segments. You will feel like you are making two leg
extensions per cycle. This motion can give you more of a jar than you
would on a treadmill.
You should always try the treadmill or elliptical out before you buy it.
Donít be embarrassed. This is your money; donít just take the word of a
salesman. Hopefully you use it everyday and it becomes an enjoyable
part of your day. Set up a TV and a DVD player to give yourself
something to look forward to.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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