New machines are constantly being developed to help people create a better workout, in a smaller amount of time. Both the treadmill and the elliptical machine are capable of providing a vigorous cardiovascular workout, but much of what you get out of the session depends on what you put into it.
The treadmill is used often in home and public gyms. It has remained popular over the years because it has been proven to provide an effective workout. The treadmill has a conveyor belt that can be programmed to run at different speeds so the user can walk, jog or run. A treadmill workout is similar to running except that the conveyor belt does not force the backs of the legs to work as hard as they would in outdoor terrain. They are however ideal for keeping fit in those colder months where it is difficult to run outside.
The elliptical machine provides arm movement and forward and backward leg movement. Elliptical machines provide a smooth motion that is low impact for people with arthritis or aging knees and ankles. The elliptical’s settings can be changed to provide faster or slower workouts depending on the needs of the individual.
Individuals will find advantages and disadvantages to both machines. Both are capable of providing a full body cardiovascular workout. The treadmill does not allow the user to slow down without changing the setting while the elliptical allows the pace to slow as needed. Runners and those training for marathons will prefer the treadmill because of the similarity of the workout to running outdoors. Those who prefer a more varied movement with less impact on the joints will likely prefer the elliptical. Since both machines provide a good workout, it comes down to personal preference at the end.
In order to make the right decision, it is important to test both machines to find out which you think gives you a better workout. A good workout pushes you out of your comfort zone and makes you work. Sportsmart stocks a variety of elliptical trainers and treadmills to suit all of your fitness needs. You can view our ellipticals and treadmills online or visit our stores and get expert advice from our fitness staff about choosing a machine that is right for you.