Having had experience working within a fitness equipment company, I got to see first-hand the assumptions people made about 'getting fit' and which piece of cardio equipment does it best.
When asked to name an exercise machine - 9/10 people will say treadmill or 'walker.'
Where everybody gets this from I don't know but my guess is the tv shows and infomercials that depict these machines which isn't necessarily a bad thing because at the very least the people that buy these machines are doing some form of exercise.
However when you compare the Treadmill to a machine like a Crosstrainer/ Elliptical machine - it becomes easier to see how less efficient the treadmill really is.
Here are some facts:
You really are better off with either a crosstrainer/elliptical or a recumbent(bike with a backrest) bike.
#1 They both put very little impact (if any) thorough your body.
#2 They stimulate A LOT more muscle fibre and therefore burn more calories.
#3 They require a lot less maintenance (crosstrainers usually require some lubricant on the rails and recumbent bikes require next to nothing)
#4 They both take up less space and are easy to manuever around.
HOWEVER - I huge misconception is that a crosstrainer/elliptical stimulates your whole body. Where by the arms that you hold onto stimulate your upper body while the foot pads stimulate your lower body. The tension that the arms provide to your upper body is so minimal - I'd go as far as saying you are better jumping off the machine and doing push ups because mechanically the arms will move without your hands on them.
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