Elliptical machines have surpassed the Stairmaster and treadmill in popularity over recent years. This has sparked a treadmill vs elliptical debate. Although outdoor running is typically more effective, for an indoor exerciser, many consider the elliptical better than treadmill. Elliptical trainers provide the same cardio workout as running on a treadmill, in terms of heart rate and oxygen consumption, while reducing the impact on your joints you can experience while walking (extremely important if you are carrying extra weight). Many people also find interval training to be far easy on an elliptical than a treadmill because they have more control to make quick changes at each interval program level. The smooth, natural motion of elliptical machines is conducive to the long duration exercise needed to burn sufficient calories.
Elliptical machines provide an impressive range of knee motion, hip extension and hip flexion. This not only increases the amount of calories the elliptical can burn, it makes the ellipticals an excellent machine for post-rehab exercise. In fact, the body position used on an elliptical machine minimizes the aggravation of knee injuries. The oval shaped motion of an elliptical machine is significantly easier on the joints than running on a treadmill. And unlike bike and rowing machine, elliptical trainers offer a weight bearing workout which aids in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Elliptical machines also use significantly more of the hamstring muscle than treadmills, bikes, and other exercise equipment. Keeping hamstring strength proportionately balanced with the quadriceps is a major factor in preventing injuries. The forward motion of the elliptical machine allows you to use 40 percent more gluteal action than other machines, which means that you are not only burning more calories, you are developing a great behind! In choosing an elliptical machine for your home, look for a minimum 21 inch stride length with an adjustable incline and adjustable resistance.
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