I think you also have to consider that on the treadmill you are carrying your body weight with every step, on an elliptical, the machine is taking care of most of your body weight for you so you probably are getting a better workout on the treadmill. Everyone works out differently on different machines. They're both good workouts and it's good to switch it up.
As far as the pain in your side goes, I know exactly how you feel. I'm no dr. but I think that comes from pushing yourself too hard. Good luck.
I have found this as well .. my elliptical miles per minute is very different than my running miles per minute. I think when you factor in terrain or lack of terrain and other factors, elliptical allows you to go further, faster ... regardless .. if you have a heart monitor and are working within your maximum heartrate .. this is the most important ... youa re still getting a great work out and switching it up : )
Hey guys, New to this SparkTeam! I've been wondering what fellow runners think of the elliptical trainer. I know that its movements are meant to simulate running in a low-impact manner, but I just don't think the workout quite compares. For one, when it tells me my distance, I'm a little skeptical (I do NOT run 5-minute miles!). I do feel all sweaty and worked by the end of 30 minutes, but much less than I do when running 2 miles in 18-20 minutes on the fitness track or treadmill. It seems that this is a great cross-training tool for runners to keep their posture and motions up to par, but only in addition to actually running. Maybe even a running replacement on "easy days," or if you're injured but want to keep in shape.
My second thing, and this is something that I actually need help with. I get side-cramps all the time when I run, and sometimes when I just take a power walk. I've tried everything, it seems: making sure I breath, not drinking water right before working out, drinking water but only if it's room temperature, stretching, lengthening my warm-ups, walking/running it off... I'm out of ideas! It gets in the way of my running when it does happen. Any suggestions?
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