Magazine article Work & Family Life

Walking vs. Walking on a Machine

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Walking vs. Walking on a Machine

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What's the difference between walking for an hour or working out for an hour on an elliptical training machine? Here's whot researchers who made the comparison have found.

Elliptical training works thigh and buttocks muscles harder, but it puts more strain on the lower back, according to a study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine. Walking works calf muscles harder and is easier on the lower back.

This has to do with weight bearing. Researchers say that 112 percent of your weight strikes the ground when you walk, compared to 73 percent when you're on an elliptical trainer. Being "less jarred" on the machine is a good thing if you have sore joints, but not if you want to improve your bone health.

There's no basic difference between walking and using the elliptical trainer in one particular area: calorie consumption. …

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