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Treadmill Vs Elliptical: Seven Factors To Help You Decide

By Steven J. Bancroft

Okay, you’re in the market for some fitness equipment. If you’re like many people, once you’ve decided to buy an exercise machine, you’re faced with the issue: treadmill vs elliptical? How do you resolve the treadmill vs elliptical question?

7 considerations to the treadmill vs elliptical question:

1. Joint impact: Although many treadmills offer cushioning and low impact features, an elliptical offers low to no impact workouts.

2. Are you a runner? If you run competitively and can’t run outdoors year-around, then a treadmill offers running replication indoors so you can maintain your running regimen and stay in peak running performance.

3. Money – treadmill vs elliptical: Money isn’t really an issue when deciding on a treadmill or an elliptical. The quality of equipment you get is about the same for the same amount of money spent. Note that the range in pricing for both treadmills and ellipticals range considerably.

4. Are you looking to add variety to your workouts? If you already run or walk and wish to vary your routine, an elliptical workout is an excellent addition to your workout regimen. That said, you can do more types of workouts on a treadmill – walking, running, sprinting, lunges, side-stepping, and workouts with handheld weights.

5. Upper body workout opportunity – treadmill vs elliptical: You can do wrist weight workout routines on a treadmill when walking, but it’s not as convenient as the upper body workout you get using moveable handles with resistance on an elliptical.

6. Do you like reading on your fitness equipment? One reason I like an elliptical trainer is I can read magazines easily. When I run on a treadmill, reading is difficult, if not impossible.

I do find reading easy enough when walking on a treadmill. You can get an excellent treadmill walking workout with a decent incline.

7. Are you concerned with noise? Fitness equipment can be noisy. Treadmills are louder than ellipticals because on a treadmill your feet pound the tread and they are outfitted with motors that produce noise. Treadmills are not good if you have people living below you in a non-concrete building.

No matter how decide the treadmill vs elliptical question, if you use your purchase, you’ll have made a good investment.

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Bancroft, Steven J. "Treadmill Vs Elliptical: Seven Factors To Help You Decide." Treadmill Vs Elliptical: Seven Factors To Help You Decide. 3 Jul. 2010. 5 Aug 2014 <>.

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