Whenever I find myself in the gym, which probably does not happen as often as it should, I always end up doing cardiovascular exercises for about a half an hour.
There are many benefits to these exercises, and that's why I'm a big fan of doing cardio every time I'm at the gym. Of course, cardio helps with weight loss, but it also provides a workout for your cardiovascular system, strengthening your heart and improving your overall health. I find that it also gives me an energy boost, helping me think more clearly, be in a better mood, be more active, and sleep more soundly.
Just listing all the benefits of cardio makes me wonder why I'm not in the gym every day!
To get back to the topic at hand, many people have questions about different kinds of cardio exercises, sometimes in the use of treadmills and elliptical machines. Which type of cardio machine provides a better workout?
To determine which machine gives a better workout to the user, we can simply compare the benefits of each machine.
First, the elliptical machine: it has some definite advantages over the treadmill.
Ellipticals provide the user with a low-impact cardio workout, which is very helpful in the long-term health of the bones and joints of the legs. Since your legs are not absorbing the impact of running on a hard surface, they're not under nearly as much stress.
An additional benefit of the elliptical machine is its adjustability, which allows you to give the machine a steep incline and increase the challenge level of the workout by adding more resistance.
Treadmills have a clear advantage over ellipticals in that they provide an actual running experience. Some people just prefer the feeling of pounding their feet on the belt, since they feel that ellipticals do not provide a true running simulation.
The treadmill also has an advantage over the elliptical in that it saves on time. If you were to run the same distance and burn the same amount of calories on a treadmill first, then an elliptical machine, you would reach your goal more quickly on the treadmill since it takes more energy. If you need to get in and out of the gym in a hurry, this might mean that the treadmill is the better choice for you.