You can get an effective aerobic workout with both an elliptical machine and a treadmill. However, elliptical machines offer various advantages over treadmills. For example:
- Using an elliptical machine is less stressful on your knees, hips and back than is running on a treadmill.
- Some elliptical machines are equipped with upper body handles or poles, similar to ski poles, so you can exercise your arms and legs at the same time.
- Most elliptical machines can be pedaled in reverse to work different muscles.
If you use an elliptical machine, remember to maintain good posture for the most effective workout. Keep your shoulders back, your head up and your abdominal muscles tight. Let your lower body support your weight.
Which one do you use?