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elliptical or treadmill

I know I want to buy one or the other but I'm not sure which. I get really bad shinplints when I run on the road no matter what I do (made sure my form was right etc) but I can't help but think an elliptical feels awkward. Pros and cons of either


Asked by mommy-perks at 2:24 PM on Jan. 23, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • I prefer a treadmill because you can change up your workout, walking at a higher speed with no incline, walking slower with a steep incline (for your butt!), running, walking/running intervals, etc.... an elliptical is just the same thing.

    Answer by gramsmom at 2:29 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • I love the eliptical machine! I'd get one before a treadmill anyday.

    Answer by Sharell8710 at 2:25 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • I want one of those Bowflex tread climbers..... Kinda both an elliptical and treadmill all in one.

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 2:26 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • I also get shin splints really easily which is why I love the elliptical. I does feel really weird at first but once you find your rhythm it's great. It took me a couple days but it really helps with the shin splints and I feel like i got a better workout.


    Answer by LadybugTash at 9:30 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • well if you can't run than go with an elliptical. an elliptical will give you a full body work. a treadmill will only do you good if you can run on it. are you sure it's shin splints and not cramps...i'm pretty sure it's cramps cause shin splints are the muscle separating from the bone

    Answer by momofone725 at 2:27 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • elliptical

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 2:27 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • It's shin splints, they have gotten so bad that it hurt to stand to make dinner. They get tender to the touch it really sucks cause I really like running since I quit smoking 5 months ago, it makes me feel powerful.

    Comment by mommy-perks (original poster) at 2:30 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Its really up to you: both are great machines and will get the job done. If your joints are suffering from strain or just old age, and if you would like to exercise your upper body, the elliptical trainer is a good choice.If you are a walker, jogger or a runner you can’t go wrong with a treadmill.Good Luck!


    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 2:30 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • elliptical!

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 3:10 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • TM- get yourself some compression socks. They help with the shin splints.

    Answer by Sisteract at 6:04 PM on Jan. 23, 2011