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Elliptical vs treadmill: which burns more calories?

Treadmill or Elliptical?

Since most of us have no time to visit the gym regularly, we usually purchase an exercise device and use it for getting that necessary cardio workout we need several times a day in order to keep our body fit and our organism healthy.

However, once we decide to buy these devices, we face a quandary. Namely, the choice of the best possible exercise device comes down to two machines, elliptical and treadmill.

Thus, we are left wondering which one is better since they both can provide one with excellent results. For this purpose, a test was done, comparing the two machines in many different aspects and choosing, thereby, the best one for you.

Before we even start, we have to mention that elliptical machines are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that they have a much lower impact on one's joints and are much safer for a prolonged exercising schedule. However, treadmills are excellent as well and that is why these have stayed on the market for so long.

Treadmill vs Elliptical, the Battle

Speaking about the calories burnt by each of these devices, we are close to a draw. Interestingly, even though the exercise methods have differences, the results are almost the same, at least when it comes to calories burn.

The treadmill machine is excellent since it provides you safe ground for your running or walking sessions. Of course, jogging is included. Either way, here, you have modifiable settings and resistance, as well as incline. Thus, you can make yourself lose as much calories as you want through combining the intensity with the difficulty and speed you are willing to take during your exercises.

On the other hand, an elliptical trainer is excellent due to the safety factors, providing minimal impact, again with modifiable settings and exercise methods. The main advantage of elliptical machines is that they involve your upper body as well. Namely, by holding on to the handles, you are exercising your upper body along with your legs. This makes you burn more calories and fat.

Final summation: it is a draw. Both of these are excellent devices for your daily exercise routine. However, pick elliptical over treadmill device, if you are a senior or have certain joint or muscle problems, since it is much safer. Otherwise, when you follow a good workout schedule, both of these can get you where you want to be.

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