Benefits of an Elliptical Exerciser, Compared to Running

Benefits of an Elliptical Exerciser, Compared to Running

For every one who is new to physical fitness and workout, getting used to the various workout machines and equipments may be a little tough. This is why it is important to take it slow and work as per the instructions of the gym trainer. If you are interested in working out on the treadmill, and elliptical exerciser, at the gym or at home, then you can follow these given general tips and suggestions, meant for beginners,  Avoid if you have back or joint injuries or problems. Before you hit the gym and get onto doing treadmill training or elliptical training, you must visit your doctor and get a check-up done regarding any back injuries or joint problems. The doctor will advise you whether you should stick to low impact exercising, or high intensity workouts like running on the treadmill.

The elliptical exerciser was initially designed by a man who came up with the idea for elliptical movement by capturing his daughter on film running by the side of his car, then copying that operating movement in a machine that gave the same running benefits, but put less stress on the actual leg joints.

And he was right. A study at the University of Missouri calculated oxygen usage, lactic acid levels, pulse rate, and rating of perceived exertion on an elliptical exerciser as compared to a treadmill machine, and found that the elliptical exerciser work out was nearly identical to the treadmill work out in every respect – but the elliptical exerciser created far less joint impact.

Further research compared muscle activity of the quads and hamstrings from walking on the ground, to stationary cycling, walking on the treadmill, and the elliptical exerciser. The elliptical exerciser produced significantly higher quad utilization, and higher quad and hamstring muscle usage than any of the other ways of exercise! And a research at Willamette University, found that when you pedal in reverse on an elliptical exerciser, your muscle usage sky-rockets even more.

The treadmill has been around for longer (since the 1800s) and has been honed to perfection by years of research while the elliptical exerciser only entered the market in 1995. Here are some of the points where treadmills score over the elliptical exerciser.

Treadmills offer better shock absorption, resulting in less stress on your feet and knees, as compared to running on asphalt and concrete surfaces. The extra cushioning and smooth surface also allows for easier runs.

Indoor running means that you don’t have to run in bad weather, such as heavy rain or snow. You also don’t have to run outside when it’s extremely hot and humid. Running in the comfort of a temperature-controlled environment also means that you don’t have to worry about overdressing or not wearing enough for your runs. In addition, you don’t have to worry about putting on sunscreen before your run.

Many runners in cold weather climates log a good number of miles on treadmill during the winter, and their biggest complaint is usually, “Treadmill running is boring.” To keep your treadmill workouts from getting stale, try some of these tips for beating boredom on the treadmill.

Rather than running at a constant pace, mix up your run with hard and easy segments. It can be as simple as, a five-minute warm-up followed by three sets of four-minute intervals (two minutes of hard running and two minutes of easy running), followed by a five-minute cool-down.


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