Post # 1
Hey Bees, I am at a normal weight but like everyone else, want to stay healthy and lose a bit of pudge here and there around the middle. I’ve been fairly consistent using the elliptical trainer when I workout combined with weight lifting afterwards…but I have realized that if (and when) I ever try running, whether it’s outside or on the treadmill, I can barely get past a mile before I’m ready to call it quits. I know the elliptical has some advantages because it has less impact on the joints, but I always thought I’d be better at running than I am. Whenever I try running I definitely feel way out of shape!
Anyone here really favor one over the other? Which one do you think you get a better workout from?
Post # 3
Here’s a thread I posted a while ago about the same exact thing. I think I get a better workout from running, but if I’m feeling lazy and still want to work out, I’ll do the elliptical. It’s good for cross-training but not for every day.
Post # 4
IMO, there’s no workout like running. It’s seriously a full-body workout and much harder than the elliptical.
If you don’t have knee or joint problems, I would definitely try running.
Post # 5
Oh great! Thanks so much!
Post # 6
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I think the trick is that with running you can’t be lazy and use the momentum of the machine to keep you moving, like you can with the elliptical. If you talk to a trainer who’s familiar with your particular machines, you can get the number of strides/minute needed to be effective cardio. I was told my number was 170.
Post # 7
I have a knee problem so I’m paranoid about everyone’s knees and am against regular running workouts. Occasional runs of course aren’t a big deal but having ouchy knees suck so so much that if you can prevent them in your 50s by using the eliptical now I vote eliptical!
Post # 8
I think the elliptical is a great way for people who don’t like running to stay in shape….but that being said I’ve never found a substitute for running. For my low impact workouts I choose biking because I can still get a cardio workout in once I have the biking muscles.
I’m a fairly avid runner but do look for alternatives so I can get off my legs once in awhile so I’ve tried the ellipticals a few times. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong but I’ve never been able to feel like I got a workout from ellipticals.
Post # 9
I vote elliptical too. I have asthma and allergies and I cannot do intense exercise like running. Plus I do have slightly wonky knees and ankles and would probably hurt myself.
Post # 10
I prefer running. I usually use the treadmill on the varying incline setting, but now that its getting warmer I might start to go outside. The motion of running just feels more natural to me than the elliptical, so I never really got into it…
Post # 11
I like running. I think running is a more natural movement and it is amazing to see your improvement week to week. Running on the treadmill will make you better at running outdoors then there’s no limit to what you can do (trail running, races!).
I think although the elliptical can burn killer calories, it’s not going to improve your overall fitness and will just make you better at doing the elliptical, which really is not as beneficial in day to day life as running.
Post # 12
My left knee is really bad (torn ACL and now it pops out of joint all the time). I wish I could run, but even walking for more than a few blocks makes me want to cry. Ellipticals are so much better for me, but I like running better. I’d much rather be outside and get a change of scenery than being stuck inside a gym watching whatever news channel they have the tvs tuned to.
Post # 13
Elliptical all the way. If it becomes too easy you need to up the resistance. I can’t run because of my knees but I use the elliptical every day. As it’s gotten easier I’ve switched up the resitance or the mode and it’s like I’m starting all over again. I’ve lost 20 lbs so far with a combo of exercise (elliptical and weight machines) and diet change.
Post # 14
elliptical here too! i messed up my ankle pretty bad a few years ago (tore all sorts of stuff) and running really hurts. i have no problems with the elliptical, but i do need to remind myself to keep the resistance high.
Post # 15
I try to do both. When I run I typically do about a mile. The longest I have ever ran is like 2.5 miles. I am not much of a runner. So, I feel with my short distances I am not getting much out of it.
However, when I use the elliptical I have it at a pretty high intensity and do it for 60 minutes. If the calorie counters on the machines are right, then I burn about 800-900 calories in that hour. I could NEVER do that running. Well I could never run for an hour straight.
I am also doing p90x right now, so I haven’t really been running lately. But I try to use my mile jog as a warm up and then do an hour of elliptical. And I get super sweaty from both, so for me they are even there!
Post # 16
All I know is that in the last three months I have seen far better results running on a treadmill than I saw in a YEAR of elliptical. Makes me wish I started running on the treadmill sooner!