Nowadays there are a lot of contradictions about what machine burns more calories: treadmill or elliptical. Both treadmills and ellipticals are the most widely used equipment in the world.
Many people who used to train on treadmill became to use elliptical machines. It happens because of the low impulse and the ability to train the upper and lower body. But in spite of that treadmills are purchased more often, that is because everybody likes walking and jogging.
As researches show both machines give nearly equal results in burning calories. But it was discovered that if you train on an elliptical you achieve the same results as running on a treadmill, but you burn less calories than walking or jogging on a treadmill.
The amount of burned Calories in 60 minutes by a 150 lbs. user:
Walking, 2 mph – 189
Walking, 3 mph – 297
Jogging – 477
Running, 7 mph - 783
Elliptical Trainer - 774
But basically it was a drawback, because it gave you a chance to compare the burned calories training with different levels of exertion on the treadmill, but not on the elliptical trainer. Usually, people who train on an elliptical at gyms are able to go through the motions. They burn the same amount of calories as during the ordinary walk.
On which machine can you burn more calories?
It is very important that machine would give you good motivation and made you do more exertion during your workout.
If you enjoy walking or running you should choose the treadmill. But unlike walking on the asphalt or a concrete the treadmill allows you to walk on a more comfortable surface . You are able to change programs and do different exercises on a treadmill. Your results will be achieved if you increase the speed or an incline.
The popularity of training on the elliptical is growing owing to the low impact and the ability to train the upper and lower body at the same time. This machine performs an elliptical motion that’s why your feet will always be on the pedals. It won’t make much impact and tension to your ankles, knees and back. This is very useful for the aging baby boomer generation.