Archive for February 5th, 2011

Elliptical vs. Treadmill

Treadmills are great for taking a stroll or going for a run while protected from the sometimes fierce weather or darkness.  So why am I looking to get rid of mine?

For years I’ve heard how great elliptical machines are on the knees.   Now that my knees, hips, and other lower parts seem to have given out on me, the excitement of hopping on the treadmill and running to exhaustion has lost its appeal.   So the purchase of a joint-friendly piece of exercise equipment seems to be in my near future.  I’ve listed pros and cons of both machines to help make a final decision as to whether I should replace my treadmill with an elliptical.

Elliptical

Pros

  • adjustable incline on some models
  • adjustable resistance for easier or more difficult workoutlow-impact, so no shin issues for me (huge plus!)
  • forward and reverse motion options – forward simulates cross country skiing when using the handlebars; reverse helps to target quadriceps muscleshigh-calorie burn
  • total body workout, since they’re equipped with cross country bars

Cons

  • potential injury to ankles and Achilles tendon due to the unique motion of the machine
  • since one size fits all, my shorter legs are more likely to become overextended causing injury; pulled muscles are, unfortunately, familiar to me, so the thought of buying a machine that could cause a repeat injury doesn’t sound appealing

Treadmill

Pros (for the model that I already own)

  • adjustable incline and speed
  • great when training for distance running
  • high calorie burn
  • total body workout (I have cross country bars on mine)

Cons

  • aggravates my shin pain
  • high impact movement is difficult on my hips and knees

Maybe you can help me by providing pros and cons for both types of equipment.

Do you own, or have you used, a variable stride elliptical?  How was the workout?

Post your personal treadmill and elliptical machine experiences here.

Love to all!

CC

Superbowl Appetizer: Buffalo Wings w/Cilantro Lime Sauce

 

Check out this recipe from Celebrations.com.

Ingredients

For Wings

  • 3 lb chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup honey and
  • 1/2 cup ketchup tomato
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire
  • 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Tabasco to taste

For Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove of minced garlic

Directions

For Wings
1. Combine honey, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, pepper and Tabasco. Add wings; toss to coat well.
2. Refrigerate over night.
3. Place wings on a barbecue grill; grill over medium high heat 10 to 15 minutes, turning often and basting with reserved marinade, until wings are cooked.
4. For super saucy wings, reserve or make extra marinade….reduce on low heat on stove top and toss wings again once they are off the grill. Serve with a cilantro lime yogurt sauce.
5. Combine 1 cup of Greek yogurt with 1 lime juiced and zested , 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro and 1 clove of minced garlic. Place in refrigerator for one hour before serving
 
For Sauce
1. Combine 1 cup of Greek yogurt with 1 lime juiced and zested, 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro and 1 clove of minced garlic.
2. Place in refrigerator for one hour before serving.

Weekly Trivia 2/05/11

This 1950 movie starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor was remade in the 1990’s.

 

Post your guesses here!

 

Answer will be posted on 2/12/11.