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Treadmill vs. elliptical

Thoughts? I really want to be a runner, but it sometimes hurts my knee (not too badly, though). Is an elliptical workout or treadmill workout superior?

Thu. Apr 17, 7:37pm

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Wow, looks like I got to you before the thread nazis - lucky you -

please use the search function for any topic that seems like it may have been covered before in a community like this and you will get all kinds of great ideas without bringing up a topic that everyone has already discussed a great deal.

Thank you and have a wonderful day.


Friday, April 18, 2008, 7:04 AM

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Since 7:04 decided to be patronizing, I will help answer your question...

I used to have problems with my knees when I ran, but I still wanted to be a runner. I did a few things:
1. Found a shoe that fit. That entailed me going to New Balance and having a scan of my foot done. They fit me for a shoe, built up my arch, and feet feel a million times better.
2. Start slowly. Meaning work on running for a certain amount of time vs. distance. Start with 20 minutes, then increase to 25 or 30...depending on how you feel. Always listen to your body.
4. At the gym I will spend one day on the treadmill doing interval work and then switch to the bike or elliptical to relieve my knees.
5. Switch up your terrain when you run outside. If you tend to run on concrete or asphalt, try a softer terrain. I run in the woods a lot and that helps my knees.
6. Recovery. There are various methods - ice baths, warm baths, massage, magnesium drinks. Do what works for you.

I hope this helps. And don't let comments like the PP discourage you. There are some grumpy people on this site, they are the ones that need the runner's high and some carbs!

Good luck to you and come back anytime for advice! We got your back :)

Friday, April 18, 2008, 9:03 AM

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i think that is the EXACT title of the ongoing debate...i thought maybe PT wiped it clean because it was too long and started over. but no. just a non-searcher.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 9:06 AM

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Hey everybody - How can I lose some weight?

9:03 you are dumb - I WAS trying to be nice did you read my pleasant and informative email? - seriously - "Treadmill vs. elliptical" ?
How about a new thread - "How can I lose some weight?"

I was just trying to say "hey did you know..."... you are pretty cynical if you thought that was mean...
I am not a thread Nazi but you are just enabling here...



Friday, April 18, 2008, 10:19 AM

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OP here - I DID search! Nothing came up; I was suprise to. And yes, I used several different combinations of words.

9:03, thanks for the advice. I'll totally incorporate some of that! Thanks!

Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:12 PM

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I also searched just to see the huge thread you were talking about and couldn't find it either. 7:04 is just being rude. I wish I knew more about the topic so I could contribute. Unfortunately all I have to say is that the PT thread nazis have got to go. They're cramping our style!

Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:16 PM

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I just did a search and 4 pages of posts came up including several on the first page exactly the same as OPs question.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:17 PM

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Can you please post the links? I can't find it anywhere on the site.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:31 PM

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"7:04 is just being rude. ...Unfortunately all I have to say is that the PT thread nazis have got to go. They're cramping our style! "

wth ? ? - I was trying to be the nice guy you dorks !

OP just seach again - it is there.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 2:28 PM

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9:03 here...

The current thread nazi is going to make me pull a "Heathers" routine on her...LOL

Anywhoooo...glad I could help, OP. I know what it feels like to want to be a runner, but to deal with some start-up issues. My mantra is slow and steady wins the race...I am looking to do my first 10K next there is hope! Trust me, the runner's high is TOTALLY true and it is fantastic!

Friday, April 18, 2008, 2:46 PM

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