Walking vs. the Elliptical: Which Burns More Calories?

The benefits of each exercise are compared, revealing which may burn more calories.
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If you're heading to the gym this morning or to our studio, you're there right now, you might be wondering, which is better for your body and burning calories, walking on the treadmill or the elliptical, it's a story that caught our eye in "The New York times." Linzie Janis hit the gym to find out. Take a look. Reporter: It's the question that has plagued us for decades, walking or using an elliptical? According to recent estimates by the mayo clinic when it comes to calories ellipticals burn more. 160 person using an LE lit call for an hour burns 365 calories. That same person walking for an hour burning just 314 calories. So, of course, we raced to equinox gym to see for ourselves. Ready? Reporter: Spending 15 minutes first walking on a treadmill. Then, using an elliptical. I can feel it already. Reporter: Each at roughly the same speed with no added resistance or incline. After 15 minutes of walking I burned 60 calories. I'm out of breath. Reporter: Me, too. I'm pretending not to be, of course. Reporter: Sure enough on the elliptical. So we're at 12 minutes I already burned more calories. At that 15-minute mark. I just burned 17 more calories on this machine. 77 calories burned. Near 30% increase just by switching machines. Why? It's the unique elliptical pattern your leg muscles are forced to move in and the added motion of your arms make for a bigger burn. More activity burning with an elliptical. Reporter: It's not all about the calories. Walking increases and it strengthens the bones. Also, it helps build balance. Reporter: While both machines are great ways to get fit, make sure your choice is taken in stride. I got that, taken in stride. She joins us now on the elliptical and equinox trainer Rachel marrioti is back on demand. All righty, now, which one do you prefer? I'm already out of breath is a clue. This is definitely harder. Definitely harder than walking but I don't like it. You wouldn't be apt to do it again or stay with it? Probably not. I prefer walking. I want to make sure you continue to talk. Rachel tell us about the elliptical. The elliptical you're using your upper body as well as your lower body. Treadmill, you're pushing off heel to toe, you're propelling your body weight forward using muscles around your ankles and kafls calfs. It's depends on you, your body, if you got achy knees. Right. For my clients who have joint problems in their hips or knees, I recommend the elliptical. Treadmill, I personally enjoy more, it's a natural movement and it's more -- it helps the integrity of your bones because of the impact. Can you do more to get something? You're working the arms with this. The core, you can add the incline, you can increase, decrease the speed. Keep in mind the intervals. Bringing your heart rate up and down. You essentially burn more calories. Interval training is the key. Not how long you're on the machine but how hard you work. Right. Rachel, thanks very much. Amy. All right, robin, I'm team treadmill. Finding that first apartment is fun and scary at the same

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