If you are considering getting an exercise machine and are stuck between an elliptical and a treadmill, you are not alone.
For such a long time treadmills were the way to go until the 90’s came and the world was introduced to the elliptical. Both are great machines but the elliptical vs. the treadmill may be better for you depending on your needs.
An elliptical is a low impact exercise machine that is similar to a treadmill in that the motion simulates running. The feet do not leave the foot pedals during exercise.
The arms also get a workout, so overall the elliptical offers a more whole body workout.
A treadmill is an exercise machine that is perfect for running. It takes running indoors and in-place. Treadmills can increase the incline making the workout more difficult.
But the treadmill mainly works the leg muscles and not the whole body.
A treadmill can cost anywhere from 600 dollars to 2000 dollars. The more expensive treadmills offered different functions such as heart rate. An elliptical vs. treadmill can cost 400 dollars to 1500 dollars.
The costlier elliptical doesn’t have very many features that the cheaper versions already don’t offer. One downside of an elliptical is that you may spend more money where it isn’t necessary or beneficial.
If you need to burn calories quickly, you are at a draw since it takes the same amount of time to burn 100 calories on an elliptical vs. treadmill. It takes the same amount of time, roughly less than 10 minutes, to burn 100 calories as the treadmill.
However it is less strenuous and is easier to burn calories on the elliptical than on the treadmill.
Working out at full speed it takes less than 10 minutes to burn 100 calories; though the average person usually takes closer to 15 minutes. Walking on a treadmill will burn 100 calories in around 12 minutes. While you run it takes only 7 minutes of rigorous running to burn 100 calories.
If you are an avid-runner, you may want the treadmill to keep your current workout. But if you are looking to get something different that is less expensive, has the same calorie burning potential you may want to get the elliptical.
The question should not be which is the better machine. It should be “which would be best for your needs as both are great exercise machines. They both can help to condition your heart, help you to lose weight and help you get fit and in-shape.