(Closed) Running or Elliptical?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010



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
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 6
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

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
1154 posts
Bumble bee

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
2821 posts
Sugar bee

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
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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!

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