Treadmill or Elliptical: Which Is the Better Choice?

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via – Cleveland Clinic | By Katie Lawton, MEd, ATC

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With cooler weather ahead, you may be moving your workouts indoors. While treadmills and ellipticals offer many of the same exercise benefits, your goals and physical condition should guide you. Here are several considerations that will help you decide which machine is best for you.

The Benefits:

Both devices help you improve cardiovascular health, build endurance and lose weight. They also provide an indoor workout option when the weather prevents you from getting outdoors. Both are readily available in gyms, recreation centers and hotels, and some models are affordable enough for home use.

The treadmill is better for building bone density. The impact of your feet while running or walking helps stimulate bone growth, which is especially important if you have osteoporosis. The treadmill’s settings also allow you to vary your workout by walking, jogging, running or changing…

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