Elliptical vs. Treadmill – What’s the difference?

Elliptical vs. Treadmill – What’s the difference?

When it comes to cardio workouts, the choice between an elliptical machine and a treadmill depends on your fitness goals and preferences. Both machines offer effective ways to improve fitness, but they have distinct advantages.

  1. Full Body Workout: Elliptical machines engage your entire body in the workout, making them a great choice if you want a comprehensive cardio and strength-training session. Treadmills primarily target the lower body muscles and provide a high-impact workout.
  2. Impact on Joints: If you have joint issues or seek a low-impact workout, ellipticals are gentler on your joints. Treadmills, on the other hand, offer both high-impact and low-impact options.
  3. Weight Loss: If weight loss is your primary goal, treadmills may be more effective as they typically burn more calories than ellipticals.

Ultimately, the choice between the elliptical and treadmill comes down to your specific fitness objectives and physical condition. Both machines can provide cardiovascular benefits, so consider your personal preferences and any existing health considerations when making your decision.


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