(Closed) Running vs. Elliptical

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just my two cents, i think it’d be easier to get back into running from the ellyptical, but i have shitty knees, so running kills me, lol. i run, but i hate it! But it works to help me lose the weight, lol.

Post # 4
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I think that running is marginally more effective, but the elliptical is a great alternative! It’s much more low impact – I know for me, personally, running can be really hard on my knees! I use the elliptical all the time, because I am way more motivated to work out when I can watch tv at the same time! Smile

Post # 6
6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

The caloric burn difference is negligible.

The most important thing is you need to choose the exercise that will allow you to push yourself. If you slack on the elliptical but push yourself when running then you should run.

Good Luck!

Post # 7
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Running burns more calories faster than the elliptical. The elliptical is a fantastic substitute for running if you have joint issues, but is still less effective. Having said that, it doesn’t really matter which one is better if you hate running, because if you don’t like it, you won’t do it. So if the elliptical is something you think you can stick with- go for it! Have you considered swimming? That is the single best, least impact cardio exercise you can do. Good luck!

Post # 8
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I also agree that from my own experience that it is easier to get into running by starting with the elliptical first.  My knees start to hurt if I run much so I do weight lifting three days a week, ellipitical three days a week, and run on the treadmill one day a week just to switch it up.  It’s just what I made up – but it has worked for me so far.  I will probably work my way up to running more as I go along.

Post # 10
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i’ve always wanted to run but can never get into it.  I don’t like all the impact from bouncing around on the ground.  Elliptical is so much easier for me and I will actually do it.   I do think that running is harder though and I burn more calories at it.  But I still prefer elliptical.

Post # 11
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think the big advantage of running is it’s easier to slack on the elliptical – slow down and go easy on yourself without really realizing it.  Running is probably marginally better, but doing a workout you enjoy is better still.

Also – I think you’re right.  Getting into better cardiovascular shape on the elliptical or through another type of exercise will make it easier to get going if you start running (say, when the weather warms up).

Post # 12
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

The elliptical is better for your joints, but, honestly, if you want to get in the best shape and burn the most calories, run.  I run a lot.  I use the ellipitical when I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to run 🙂  You definitely can get a good workout on the ellipital, but it isn’t going to do the same thing as going for a 5 mile run with hills, etc.  However, doing something is the most important.  If the elliptical gives you the most motivation, go for it.

Post # 13
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

running will definitely burn your calories faster.. if you were into running before and broke from it for awhile, it should be easier for you to get back into it though. personally i can’t wait for the ice to go away so i can run on the sidewalks again – i hate running on a tread mill, i feel like i can’t focus on anything besides huffing and puffing on a tread mill whereas running outside i can feel relax and just get into the rhythm of it. races are coming up soon with the warming weather! depending on what level you’d like to push yourself to maybe it would be good to set goals to complete a 5k or 10k or even a half marathon! it is a wonderful feeling when you are running in a race.

Post # 14
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Bad knees = elliptical for me, plus I just hate running- so I put on a tv show that I like and it makes it manageable.  A couple of years ago I spent my tax return on an elliptical- best use of that money ever!!

Post # 15
5985 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

You know why you like the eliptical?  It’s easy.  Your kidding yourself with the eliptical.

Although I agree that running is horrible on the joints – I can’t do it b/c of that. I’d suggest trying something like a spin or step class.

Post # 16
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Running is definitely WAY more effective for weight loss, from what I’ve read and researched.  The elliptical is great but you have to do almost 1/3 longer time to get the same benefits from a run (eg 40:00 elliptical=30:00 running.) I think a great way to get back into running is to start alternating running with walking and build from there…Unfortunately, don’t have any podcast recs for ya bc I’ve never used any of them, sorry! Also, don’t forget to do some light weight lifting, since a mix of cardio and lifting is another effective weight-loss strategy!

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