Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargains: Treadmill and Elliptical

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargains: and


Calorie Bargain: Treadmill and Elliptical Trainers

The Why: Home treadmills and elliptical trainers can help keep you fit all year round – no more excuses.

The Health Bonus: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

What We Liked Best: Actually, it’s not what “we” liked best, but what Consumer Reports liked best! “Consumer Reports put 35 treadmills and 18 elliptical exercisers through the paces. The top-rated non-folding treadmill, the Precor 9.31, costs a cool $4,000 and offers excellent construction. But consumers on tighter budgets can find solid choices in the non-folding Sole S77 at $1,900 and the folding ProForm Performance 600 and Horizon T202, both $800. All three are Consumer Reports Best Buys. The top-scoring elliptical, the Octane Q37ci, costs $3,100 and is solidly built, has four heart-rate programs, comes with a chest-strap heart-rate monitor, and earned very high marks for safety. If you don’t need the heart rate monitoring and can forgo certain other features, Consumer Reports recommends the Octane Fitness Q37c for $500 less.”

The Price: Varies.

Where to Buy:, Dick’s Sporting Goods,

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