Gyms contain a dizzying array of aerobic equipment, such as treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical trainers, rowing machines and stationary bikes.

Which is best? The overall winner is treadmill running. It builds cardiovascular fitness and burns calories faster than any other form of exercise you can do on cardio equipment.

Modern treadmills have knee friendly surfaces, sophisticated programmers that allow varied and interesting training routines, but provide enough shock to build or maintain strong bones.

After the treadmill, the elliptical trainer is a close second. While granted it’s less effective than the treadmill for bone development, its easy action makes it an exerciser’s joy and its variable workload can accommodate everyone from rank beginner to a world class athlete.

The elliptical trainer is particularly good for people with knee cap pain. The motion places minimal stress on the knee, while promoting joint lubrication.

The rowing machine is best for people who want a total body workout. Modern rowing machines take more skill than other cardio machines. Also, poor technique may increase the risk of back pain (Something I found out the hard way).

After saying all that, the real winner is the machine that YOU will use. Choose the machines you like and fulfil your needs and exercise on them regularly. Ultimately whatever machine you choose, commitment and enjoying the process will reward you with results.

Until the next time, have a good one.