Elliptical trainers, treadmills and exercise bikes are some of the most common fitness equipment used for cardiovascular exercises. They help you burn calories and improve your stamina or aerobic capacity as well. Now each of these has some advantages and disadvantages which are given below.
I posted some of the benefits of elliptical machines in an earlier post but here is the summary again.
Now this is one of the oldest forms of fitness equipment you will find. Everyone knows about exercise bikes. Some people just love cycling. Exercise bikes are available in two main forms – recumbent and upright ones. Bikes are a good option for beginners who are starting up with their exercises. Generally, they provide a less intense workout as compared to other two machines but then you can have a longer session.
Some studies have shown that elliptical trainers and treadmills provide a greater muscle activity as compared to walking or stationary bikes.
Now your choice of fitness equipment is also dependent on your fitness goals as well as your fitness levels. If you need a low impact exercise machine like in the case of arthritis or pregnancy then an elliptical trainer is a very good choice. If you are comfortable with walking, jogging or running, you can opt in for a treadmill. A treadmill can be far more comfortable on your knees and joints when you compare it to running on a pavement or a hard surface. Most of them have shock absorbing capabilities which help in a better workout.
There are many good models which are made for home use and you can get some really efficient machines for your home. I will post buying guides and reviews for some of them here so that you can choose amongst the best ones.
Calories burnt on these workouts –
Every person is different and have different levels of fitness. Some people may find treadmill more comfortable as compared to elliptical machines and the opposite may also be true. Studies have shown that the amount of calories burned on both machines is almost the same with only a marginal difference. A full body workout on a n elliptical trainer can help you a bit more with your calorie burnout.
One of the most important things which most of the people underestimate is a good warm up before getting in to your exercise session. Some stretching and warm up conditions your body for exercise.
Proper technique of exercise is as important as choosing the right machine so that you can get some good results from your efforts. Add in a combination of a healthy diet and you can reach your fitness goals in no time at all.