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Martha Jefferson Monday: Which is Better: An Elliptical or Treadmill Workout?

If you're heading to the gym and trying to get in shape, there are endless options to choose from. So what machines really work best when it comes to getting a good cardiac workout?

Dr. Matthew Panzarella, a sports medicine specialist at Atlantic Coast Orthopedic Specialists says it truly depends on the person. For people who have an arthritic condition in their hips, knees or ankles, the elliptical option is likely the way to go.

"The benefit of the elliptical trainer is that it's low impact training for you. You can go forward and backward, so you can work two different muscles in the same exercise," noted Dr. Panzarella.

For others though, trying to prevent bone density loss might be the goal, and for that group of people, jumping on a treadmill is a better bet.

"The benefit of the treadmill is that it's an impact activity, which can really help if you are trying to build up your bone, or prevent bone density loss."

For those who are healthy and not facing any current problems, Dr. Panzarella says mixing it up is always a good idea to maximize your fitness potential and keep your body balanced. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor too and use their suggestions to achieve success.

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