and from what I've read, you can't trust any of the calorie read outs to be accurate. Same thing for the pulse HR count unless you have picked up one that straps a sensor around your chest right over your heart.
I will say this. Last year I spent 6-7 months in physical therapy after I ruptured a disc in my lower back. The elliptical trainer simulated running with the least amount of impact of any machine I tried - avoiding impact was critical for me as anyone who has gone through what I did can tell you a sneeze can leave you crying on the ground. I know about the running aspect because I used to have a 20 mile a day habit from high school through college.
If the "less wearing down" aspect is from less impact I would agree... but if it's one of those "work less and still lose weight" deals I would be doubtful. The biggest drawback to the elliptical trainer is simply the cost to purchase a good one. Precor makes the best and with its adjustable angle ramp it can put you through a great workout... the cheapest ones can actually be dangerous since parts have been known to break in the middle of a vigorous workout. Treadmills are much safer if they fail and also cheaper to purchase a good one. I got a tread mill for the living room and spend at least a 1/2 hour every night. I even lift 4 pound dumbbells while on it (4 pounds sounds wimpy but do it for a half hour while doing 2 miles and it will make you sweat!).
FYI... while I was in PT one of my physical therapists who ran triathlons worked out during her lunch on the elliptical every day. Jane swore by it.
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