Elliptical Machines Vs. Walking
Elliptical training machines and walking are two common ways to get aerobic exercise with less joint impact than running or jogging; both exercise methods have their advantages and disadvantages when compared with one another.
- Elliptical machines tend to create less joint impact than walking since the feet are planted on pedals and therefore never actually strike the ground.
- Elliptical machines can be used to work at high or low intensity similar to a stationary bike, while even brisk walking will likely not be as intense a workout as running.
- Using an elliptical machine typically requires a gym membership or purchasing a machine for home use, which can cost several hundred dollars or more; walking costs are limited to the cost of shoes.
- Elliptical machines do not serve any practical purpose beyond fitness; walking can be used as a workout while simultaneously serving as way to get around.
- Using an elliptical machine at high intensity will likely burn more calories than walking for the same duration; if the aim is to lose weight, using an elliptical machine may be a more efficient use of your workout time.