Both widely used fitness equipment to lose weight, if you’re wondering which one is worth bringing home, here’s what you need to know before making an investment.
|TREADMILL||ELLIPTICAL CROSS TRAINER|
|Benefits: Working out on the treadmill builds endurance, increases bone density, burns fat, and speeds up your heart rate and metabolism. These benefits reduce the risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes. Your scope for variations is more or less restricted to the standard incline feature, which will facilitate muscle definition.||Benefits: A cross trainer is an extremely low-impact cardiovascular workout that is easy on the bones, back, knees and hips. It gives you a full-body workout that strengthens your muscles, helps maintain good posture and burn calories. The cross trainer allows for variations to target a particular muscle group.|
|Muscle Groups: You can use the machine to develop muscles around the thighs, calves and derriere.||Muscle Groups: In the lower body, the cross trainer exercises the hamstring, quads, glutes, and in the upper body—biceps, triceps, chest and back. The equipment also works the core muscles and the heart.|
|Disadvantages: Running outdoors increases your resistance to wind and automatically alters your running to change in terrain. On the treadmill, you can control the speed and incline. If you have knee injuries or arthritis, running on an incline mode stresses the joints.||Disadvantages: It is not an intense workout if you are trying to lose weight quickly. This is mainly because it doesn’t have a set speedometer or incline resistance. That onus is on you.|
|Maintenance: It is important to clean, adjust and lubricate the conveyor belt to prevent injuries. Regularly clean the dust and debris from the belt and wipe it down for hygiene purpose. Make note, over time it is not uncommon for the belt to wear out or the motor to overheat, if multiple people are using the machine for long periods of time.||Maintenance: On a weekly basis, clean everything your hand and feet touches, and every month inspect the console for noise and misalignment for the proper functioning of the cross trainer. The maintenance is slightly low-key compared to the treadmill, for the cross trainer is more or less propelled by the efforts of your body’s motion.|
|Age Group: Includes all age groups, but for the older folk, can prove to be hard on the joints.||Age Group: Age is no bar for cross-training, and it is ideal for senior citizens to get their daily dose of fitness.|
On the basis of the above, find one that is best aligned to suit your needs. Make note that we’ve discussed both pieces of equipment keeping machines for in-house use in mind. They are different from gym equipment, which are more sturdily built and cost twice as much.