Whenever you enter a gym, the first thing you’ll see will be rows of exercise equipment. Treadmills, ellipticals, stair masters, and stationary bikes as far as the eye can see. All these different machines play different roles in fitness, and choosing the one you need for your well-being can be a challenge in itself.
If you’re skeptical, try this little test: name the exercise equipment that’s supposed to get you the most fit; the ones that burn off the most calories; and the ones that have the least impact on your joints. Unless you already know the answers to these questions, it would only benefit you to keep reading.
The treadmill is the best cardiovascular machine to burn off calories. You can burn an average of 100 calories per mile of brisk walk. But, this isn’t a machine for people who are overweight, or have joint pains because the feet absorb 3.7 times the normal force every time it hits the ground at a faster pace than normal.
Those with joint problems are better off with a stationary bike. The weight of the body isn’t focused on the knees, and is even used by rehabilitation clinics to strengthen those joints.
Finally, what machine gets you fit faster? Assuming your body is used to heavy workouts, the machines that involve more muscle groups are best. Examples of these are rowing machines, and an elliptical with arm components. They involve the entire body and should get you sweating in no time.