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Which cardio exercise is best for you?

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I frequently get asked which cardio exercise is best. I always answer with, “which one do you like the most?”

By far, the two most popular cardio machines are treadmills and ellipticals. Typically, there are more of these machines than any other in most gyms. They both provide effective cardiovascular workouts and caloric burning. 

There have been multiple studies comparing the benefits of each. A Mayo Clinic study shows ellipticals burns 50-75 more calories per hour than walking on treadmills. The Medical College of Wisconsin shows running on a treadmill burns more calories per hour than ellipticals.  

The benefits of treadmills create natural running mechanics with compound movements. This is useful for strengthening bones and muscles, which is important for people with osteoporosis. 

Treadmills can be uncomfortable for people with severe osteoarthritis due to joint pain.

The benefits of ellipticals are that it is non-weight bearing and much easier on joints, which is better for people with osteoarthritis. Also, with the use of handles, it includes an upper body workout.

But, let’s be for real. If you don’t like any of these exercises, you won’t spend an hour on them, if ever at all. That’s why I tell people, “which exercise do you like the most?”

Experiment with all the different types of cardio equipment. Maybe, you like several types, so mix it up and have fun. 

For me, I rarely ever get on treadmills or ellipticals. My cardio of choice has always been my bicycle. I love being outdoors, listening to music, feeling the breeze, and sight-seeing through all the neighborhoods and trails. Plus, it still makes me feel like a kid again — “look ma, no hands.”

The late Robin Williams was an avid bike rider. He said bicycle riding was the closest thing to flying. 

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Selecting a gym

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A comedian once said “I like being married for two reasons: 1) I got really tired of dating, and 2) I got really tired of exercising.”

So, how many of you married people fall into that category? Do you have Dunlap disease? Your belly done lapped over your belt!

Now it’s time to get a gym membership, so you ask, “which is the best gym for me?”

First, you should find the closest gym to your residence. If the gym is too far, then you’ll find an excuse not to go. Convenience is essential.

Second, gym hours are important. Some of you are early risers and getting a workout before work or other obligations is best. A large number of Daily News readers are shift workers. There are gyms that never close except on certain holidays.

Third, what are your goals? Most of us are trying to lose weight and gain muscle. If it’s just losing weight, then almost all gyms will be accommodating because of the variety of cardio equipment. If it’s to gain muscle, the gym must have a variety of weight machines and free weights.

Note: Men, your testosterone levels are highest in the morning.

Fourth, gym costs. Select a gym that fits your budget. My advice is to stay away from long-term contracts. Only buy month-to-month memberships. Sadly, statistics show most people quit after six weeks. Some gyms add extra costs for exercise classes. Just know the person selling memberships most likely gets commission on the amount of your deposit.

Typically, there are discounts for seniors, corporate accounts and family add-ons. Most gyms offer membership specials at the end of month to meet sales quotas.

One benefit of a gym membership is the people you meet. Be friendly and enjoy. Working out should be fun, not a chore and become a lifestyle.