A sea of machines wait on the floor of the gym, and they all promise to get you the best possible training. Rest assured that both the tried-and-tested and the newest elliptical trainer, burn calories effectively, develop endurance and improve your cardiovascular fitness levels. To achieve these goals, a simple walk through any of the machines is not going to work, but if you work hard, any team will help you reap the rewards of mega fitness.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intense cardiovascular exercise weekly to stay healthy and to reduce the risk of chronic disease, including heart disease. A tread of 3, 4 to 4 mph on the treadmill, 30 minutes per day, five times a week, helps you achieve this goal, as do five 30-minute sessions on the elliptical that raise the heart rate of 50 at 70 percent of its maximum. If you want to work harder, you can start with a minimum of 75 minutes of vigorous weekly activity. A tape or elliptical session, which takes you between 70 and 85 percent of your heart's maximum frequency, can fulfill this recommendation.
You could run out at the gym in an effort to burn calories. Burn calories increases your daily metabolic rate, so you can consume more calories and control your weight. Burn calories can also help you lose pounds if you regularly eat less than you burn. A 155-pound person burns approximately 335 calories in a rigorous elliptical session. The same person would need to run 5, 2 miles per hour on the treadmill to get the same burn in 30 minutes. A 2010 study from the "Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research" confirmed that when participants work at the same intensity on the treadmill and the elliptical they burn more or less the same number of calories.
If your goal is to have a healthy respiratory and cardiovascular system, you can not go wrong with the tape or the elliptical. A 2004 study published in "The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness" compares the effects of exercising with equal intensity and volume on the treadmill, elliptical and stair climbing for four, eight and twelve weeks. At the end of each period, all participants experienced the same improvements in their ability to use oxygen during the exercises (a measure of exercise efficiency). The strength of your heart and your ability to work to exhaustion also improved in the same amounts, leading researchers to conclude that any of these machines can help you stay in shape
Physical goals and limitations
The decisive factor between the elliptical and the tape really depends on you and your personal needs.If you just signed up for your first 5K or half marathon, you'll need to do most of your training on the tape; It is more specific to your goal of completing a career. You can use the elliptical one or two times a week to prepare different areas. Your body could help you choose your equipment. The ellipticals are low impact, so you have less effort on your hips, knees and ankles. If you experience discomfort in your joints when you run on the treadmill, you can train at the same level on the elliptical without pain.