Ever notice that cardio has a certain sound to it?
Walk into any big box gym and you’ll probably hear the huffs and puffs of heavy breathing, the whirring and purring of cardio machines — lots of cardio machines. We’re talking: treadmills, ellipticals, stair machines, rowers, and potentially others. Today, there are so many options for stationary aerobic training, you can waist a lot of time getting lost in the noise, wondering which machine you should choose for your workout.
So to help you make a decision, we are going to compare two of the most common machines around: the treadmill and the elliptical.
Both are decent tools to improve your aerobic fitness (hello, happy heart and happy lungs!) but each come with their own set of pros and cons. Here’s everything you need to know about the treadmill and the elliptical so that you can decide what’s best for you on any given day.
This device features a moving conveyor belt that allows you to walk, jog, or run in place. On most treadmills, you can control the speed, the incline, track your distance, pace and even program interval training.