A big part of my workout routine happens to be cardiovascular exercise. I’ll typically spend a bit less than an hour on this.
I’m a big fan of the benefits that come with doing this. There’s the obvious perk of weight loss, not to mention that it’s great for your heart and your overall physical well being. Then there’s the energy boost that it gives you, as I find myself more physically active, in better spirits, thinking more clearly, and sleeping better at night.
At this point, I regret the fact that I never started doing this years ago. I couldn’t imagine workout out without running.
One thing that I’ve gone back and forth about recently is whether I’m better off using the treadmill or an elliptical machine as a means of getting my exercise in. Is one of them better than the other?
Let’s discuss the advantages that each machine brings to the table. From there, you might have a better idea as to which is the more appropriate fit for your situation.
First, let’s look at the elliptical machine. Many people prefer this, which is why you’ll see so many of them inside gyms nowadays.
One of the biggest benefits that comes with this machine is the fact that it’s much easier on your legs and knees. You avoid the impact present whenever you run, and this is definitely healthier for your limbs and bones.
Another benefit is the fact that you can change the level of incline, making things more difficult if you prefer to challenge yourself with more resistance.
Moving onto the treadmill, many will argue that this is the way to go. For one, you’re not exactly running on an elliptical as you would on a treadmill, and some people think this takes the fun out of things.
There’s also the issue of time. People can generally burn calories more quickly by running on a treadmill than they can on the elliptical. If you’re on a tight schedule, you’ll definitely benefit from the treadmill here. Here are some other exercises to help slim down your body.