The Pros and Cons of Different Exercise Machines

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<ul><li><p>The Pros and Cons of Different Exercise Machines</p><p>Introduction</p><p>If you're ready to take the plunge and purchase an exercise machine for your indoor workouts, youmay wonder which machine is right for your fitness goals and your lifestyle. There are plenty ofoptions available for a number of different workouts. This basic guide will look at the pros and consof treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines.</p><p>Treadmills</p><p>Treadmills are probably the most common exercise machine available today. These machines areversatile for a lot of styles of workouts.</p><p>Pros</p><p>With a treadmill, you can exercise in anumber of different ways, including running,walking, jogging and whatever else you canthink of.</p><p>Many treadmills allow you the option ofchanging the incline to increase the difficultyof the workout.</p><p>Treadmills are particularly great for peoplewho enjoying running outside but can'tbecause of the weather or safety concerns.</p><p>Treadmills are great for people looking to loseweight. You can burn a lot of calories byrunning on a treadmill.</p><p>There are many treadmill models available,and some of them are quite affordable. Manual treadmills are often only a few hundred dollars.</p><p>Cons</p><p>Treadmills are fairly large and bulky, making them less appealing for people living in small livingspaces, such as apartments and condos.</p><p>Manual models generally do not feature a way to adjust the incline.</p><p>If you want a motorized unit, you will have to pay significantly more than you would for a manualmodel.</p></li><li><p>If you have bad knees, a treadmill may not be the best choice for you. Running and walking ontreadmills is not a low-impact exercise.</p><p>Stationary Bikes</p><p>Stationary bikes are a classic exercise machine. Though not quite the same as riding a real bike,exercise bikes have a lot to offer to fitness enthusiasts.</p><p>Pros</p><p>The motion of riding a bike is smoother than a treadmill, giving people with bad knees a gentleworkout.</p><p>Exercise bikes are fairly affordable. You won't get the bells and whistles with a basic model, butyou'll get enough functionality to get a good workout. Stationary bikes frequently show up at garagesales.</p><p>Unlike treadmills and elliptical trainers, indoor bikes let you sit down while you exercise. If you buya recumbent stationary bike, you'll have more options for entertaining yourself while you exercise;since you won't need to hold onto anything, you can read a book or play a game on your smartphone.</p><p>Stationary bikes typically are smaller than other types of exercise machines, making them goodchoices for those with limited space, such as those living in apartments.</p><p>Cons</p><p>Exercise bikes require more effort on your part to achieve the same calorie burn of a treadmill. Youwill have to work harder or devote more time to the bike to get similar results. You'll also have towork harder to burn the same calories you would on a regular bike.</p><p>Since stationary bikes require you to sit, your core won't get as much of a workout as it will from amachine that requires you to stand.</p><p>Some individuals find an exercise bike's seat uncomfortable. Many bikes require an additionalpadded seat to feel comfortable for extended periods of time.</p><p></p><p></p></li></ul>