Elliptical vs Treadmill

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Elliptical vs Treadmill
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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 2:44pm

I want to purchase either an elliptical or treadmill for home use. What are the pros and cons of each, and which would be better?

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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 8:57am

Oh wow-good question! I personally prefer the treadmill but I know many people absolutely love their elipticals. I think in the end it all boils down to what you are most comfortable with. Are you a member of a gym? Is there any way you can try them each out for a week or two to see which one you are most comfortable with?

I definitely recommend that you spend some serious time trying each out because I know they are not cheap and you want to make sure you're going to use it if you buy it.

Karla
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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 10:02am
I enjoy the elliptical cross-trainer more - I admit that I try as best as possible to pretend that I am cross country skiing whilst on it. But I also like the treadmill, too and generally use both. The only machine I avoid like the plague are the bike except if they are the recumbent ones.

If I am not mistaken, the elliptical is supposed to be kinder to the knees than the treadmill. Other than that, it really depends on you - which one do you prefer and are most likely to use everyday? As Karla said, both are expensive and if you don't use them it makes for a very costly clothes rack. If you aren't sure, then it might be good to invest in a temporary gym membership for a week or two to try them out.

My advice is that once you've set your budget, buy the best and sturdiest machine in that price category. You really don't want anything flimsy.
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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 12:05pm

In the past I have used both, and they are very compatible as far as the workout is concerned. I prefer the elliptical, though, because it is easier on the knees (more like a low impact workout), and the movement is more interesting to me than just plain ole walking and/or running. But, that's just a personal preference. Plus, I have one that allows you to use your arms as well, so I get a pretty good upper body workout.

Good luck finding the right one for you! It is a big investment, and I highly recommend trying them out before you buy anything.

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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 1:37pm

I prefer the treadmill as well --- my knees (which are getting old and wonky) aren't fond of the eliptical.

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 1:49pm

I started almost three years ago on the treadmill only. I loved it! It was slow-going, as I was not a runner, but I kept increasing my five-days-per-week runs by a few minutes each week and found it was really enjoyable. I lived where it was too hot to run outside and I get bored easily so I'd tivo shows to watch while running or listen to Podcasts. Then I started back problems and my doctor encouraged me to cut back; that didn't give me the calorie burn or cardio I wanted, because I liked the incline ability, and that was making my back worse. As a mom of young kids, I couldn't afford to be laid up, so I switched to an elliptical about six months ago. My back problems are much better! I jack up the level a lot so I'm getting the max cardio and calorie burn and I get a good sweat going, too. If I had to choose, I prefer the running as I feel like I'm challenging myself more to go farther and faster, while on the elliptical, I can go farther, but I'll max out on the level soon and you can only go so fast. But, I also like being able to walk and not have back problems, so I'll be sticking with the elliptical. I think it's a lot of personal choice! Enjoy, whichever one you end up with! (And my recommendation is to not go hog wild and buy the most expensive, but don't go cheap either. A book-rest is nice, and the digital stuff is really fun to have if you stick with it.)

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 2:41pm

I've also heard you should not go too cheap yet too expensive isn't really necessary.

I can't read and use the treadmill.lol I get kind of sick and can't keep my place. Does anyone else have that problem?

Karla
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 4:51pm

Yes, I have that same problem, Karla! It's frustrating because I'd love to read while working out. Oh well, music is a nice substitute.