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ellipticalortreadmillCardio Equipment for my home, elliptical or treadmill When it comes to exercise on equipment, both ellipticals and treadmills offer excellent cardiovascular workouts. As a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, sometimes I’m asked which machine provides a better workout. While that can depend on the person’s intensity level during, I’d say that ellipticals offer more benefits overall.

Think about it:

  • Low impact:  Elliptical machines are noticeably less jarring to the hips, knees and ankles.
  • Perceived exertion:  Because ellipticals disperse the workload over the entire body, research shows that people working out on ellipticals don’t feel like they are working as hard as those on treadmills – even when they are at the same intensity level.
  • Total-body:  Ellipticals engage both the upper and lower body muscles for a better overall workout and for building upper-body muscular endurance.
  • Variety:  All you can do on a treadmill is walk or run, but many ellipticals let you isolate the arms and/or legs, move forward and backward and take on intervals that target specific muscle groups, such as Octane’s X-Mode, GluteKicker and ArmBlaster. Plus, Octane’s CROSS CiRCUIT lets you combine cardio and strength intervals for a super-efficient, effective regimen. And the LateralX from Octane delivers an entirely new way to move with elliptical and lateral movement in multiple planes of motion.

Finally, if you’re considering buying a piece of equipment for your home, consider:

  • Noise:  Ellipticals have much quieter operation than treadmills, which can be important if you have a baby or late-sleeping teen in the house, or if you just want to watch TV during a workout.
  • Power supply:  Many ellipticals are self-powered, which gives you flexibility to place them anywhere.
  • Footprint: Some ellipticals can require less space than treadmills and have a lower step-up height so that they can be used in basements with low ceilings.
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