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Are elliptical machines better than treadmills for basic aerobic workouts?

Are elliptical machines better than treadmills for basic aerobic workouts?

You can get an effective aerobic workout with both an elliptical machine and a treadmill: In general, you can let your fitness goals determine whether you choose an elliptical machine or a treadmill — or a different piece of exercise equipment. However, elliptical machines might offer some advantages over treadmills. For example: Using an elliptical machine can be less stressful on your knees, hips and back than is running on a treadmill. Walking on a treadmill, however, exerts about the same force as using an elliptical machine. , Unlike treadmills, some elliptical machines are equipped with movable upper body handles or poles, similar to ski poles. These allow you to exercise both your arms and your legs. , Most elliptical machines can be pedaled in reverse, which allows you to work your calf and hamstring muscles a bit more than does forward motion. . Using an elliptical machine is generally considered low impact. An elliptical machine might be a good alternative to jogging, whether on a treadmill or outside. An elliptical trainer shouldn't cause knee pain if you're using it correctly. You may experience knee pain, though, if you have an underlying knee problem, such as degenerative arthritis. With certain knee injuries, using a stationary bike might be a more appropriate option than using an elliptical machine. Talk to your doctor about what exercise is right for you if you have any injuries or health concerns. And what if you're training for a 5K run or other road race? A treadmill is probably a better tool to prepare you for running events. But even if running is your main aerobic fitness activity, cross-training with an elliptical machine or other low-impact exercise equipment can help keep you fresh and prevent overload injuries. If you use an elliptical machine, remember to maintain good posture to help ensure the most effective workout. Keep your shoulders back, your head up and your abdominal muscles tight. Look forward, not down at your feet. And don't lean on the handles — let your lower body support your weight. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Do exercise machines simulate real activities?

Do exercise machines simulate real activities?

Try to: Exercise machines (not sure exactly which youre referring to) try to simulate activities of different sports to some extent but they can never really do that the machines try to strengthen the muscles that are most intrinsic to particular sports also plyometrics can be helpful to gear oneself toward a specific sport or activity unfortunately, no one activity can truly equal actually playing sport. ...Read more

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Is a fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling good?

Is a fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling good?

Yes: You are nicely combining three different forms of aerobic conditioning exercises. Rowing and cycling activities are heart friendly as well as joint friendly; good exercise for the cardiovascular system without beating up your joints. Of the three, the treadmill has more impact on your knees and ankles as you run. Would advise keep in the treadmill flat as opposed to inclined. Easier on the knees. ...Read more

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Is stationary bike a weight-bearing exercise?

Is stationary bike a weight-bearing exercise?

Wolff's Law: Yes...But controversial answer. Weight bearing exercise such as walking is good for your bones (osteoporosis) because of their response to stress and impact. This leads to strengthening of your bones known as wolff's law. While technically not bearing weight, stationary biking and elliptical use do cause resistance (muscles tug on bone) thus also strengthening your bones to some extent. ...Read more

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Fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling, is this healthy?

Fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling, is this healthy?

All things in moder: all things in moderation. in general the american college of cardiology recommend 60 minutes of get-your-heart-rate-up exercise 5 days/wk if you're in shape - 90 minutes if you're not. that being said - "extreme" athleticism might be bad for you and shorten your life. (100 mile marathon runs, climbing mount everest) ...Read more

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Do isometric exercise burn calories?

Do isometric exercise burn calories?

Not a lot: Exercise is burning. it uses oxygen. See if your breathing rate goes up with it. Personally weight lifting yes, and isometric hardly at all. ...Read more

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Do exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, and jumping jacks help with weight loss?

Do exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, and jumping jacks help with weight loss?

Yes: Along with cutting calories , don't eat junk food if you eat 2500 cal and burn only 2000 , in spite of your exercises you will gain weigh , to loose 1 lb of body fat you gave to burn 3500 calories , not easy task ...Read more

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Are exercise bikes a good way to workout?

Exercise bike: Yes biking is effective exercise. Pay attention also to flexibility and to strength for increased fitness. ...Read more

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Do running reduces weight?

Do running reduces weight?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done(weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/(depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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Are indoor cardio machines hardd on your body?

Are indoor cardio machines hardd on your body?

IT IS ABOUT THE: Indian, not the arrow... Anyone of us can potentially make something safe very dangerous. Proper use, for an appropriate period of workout time is healthy. If you push your luck, you may get hurt. Just like anything else in life! ...Read more

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Which "low impact cardio workouts" are good workouts?

Which "low impact cardio workouts" are good workouts?

Swim: Swimming is probably one of the most underutilized low impact exercise. ...Read more

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Isometric vs isotonic exercise?

Isometric vs isotonic exercise?

Move or not?: Muscle contractions can be divided into: •isotonic (constant tension through rom-range of motion) basically but not exactly like free wts. Most effect on weakest point •isometric (no movement) •isokinetic (motion is at aconstant speed but the force varies) requires complicated special equipment but does strengthen the muscle through its entire range equally. ...Read more

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Can circuit training count as cardio exercise?

Can circuit training count as cardio exercise?

Cardio Mix: Yes; the best way to lose weight is cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more

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Do vibrating weight loss machines work?

Do vibrating weight loss machines work?

They Don't: There is no evidence from controlled clinical trials that these machines work. If you want to lose weight you need to: 1. Do daily exercise for at least 30 minutes, at an intensity sufficient to make you short of breath (get cleared by your doc first) 2. Reduce your daily calorie intake to under 1600 for a man and 1200 for a woman. ...Read more

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Can weight lifting or power exercise better than running or brisk walk for losing weight?

Can weight lifting or power exercise better than running or brisk walk for losing weight?

Cardio Mix: The best way to lose weight is cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more