Elliptical vs. running


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Last month, I wrote a column comparing running on the treadmill to running outside. Afterwards, I got several e-mails saying, “Hey, that’s great, but what about elliptical trainers?” It’s a good question, so I decided to do a column on it:

The question: Do I get the same workout from the elliptical machine that I get from running?

The answer:

[Read the Globe column here.]