Post # 1
I lost a lot of weight a couple years ago with running and Weight Watchers, but I ended up gaining a lot of it back. Now I want to get a lot of it off and tone up for the wedding (have about 30 lbs to lose but I’d be happy with any loss!).
So I have this feeling that running is better than all other cardio. No supporting evidence at all – it’s just what worked for me LAST time. I’m having trouble getting back into the running this time but I do enjoy the elliptical. Is there any reason I should run rather than other cardio? Is there any extra benefits that come from it? And if I get more fit from using the elliptical, will that make it easier to ease into a running routine? I finished C25K a few years ago, but even that is too hard for me now :/
Thanks for any advice anyone can give me!!
Post # 3
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
- 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!
Post # 5
I gotta say…one of the reasons I haven’t liked running is because I can’t stand the C25K podcasts. Do you girls know how to make your own podcasts or download different ones? I have the Robert Ullreys ones.
Post # 6
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.
Post # 7
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
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 # 9
I think it’s because I’m so busy that the elliptical allows me to take a break and only do it once a week or so. Running requires real time and commitment.
I definitely have the right body type for running. My joints never hurt, I buy the expensive shoes to correct my over-pronation, and it feels really good to finish a run.
But I’d really like to lose weight and get in shape for LIFE, not just for the wedding, and I don’t want to sell myself short by doing a workout that’s not giving me the best results. I don’t know if calorie=calorie in this case…I know the elliptical burns a similar amount of calories, but I think there’s something unique about running that really shapes your body.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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!