If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to take your health a little more seriously and start up or increase your physical exercise, you might be wondering what’s the best home gym equipment for calorie burning. Today I’ll be comparing cardio exercise on the treadmill and elliptical as well as strength training using weights.

Cardio on a treadmill

How many calories you burn in half an hour on a treadmill is calculated by your weight and will depend on a few variables such as if you’re walking, jogging, doing sprints and if you’re using an incline function.

NordicTrack-C910i-TreadmillThis NordicTrack C910i Treadmill is a great treadmill for all levels of users. To get an accurate calorie burn reading be sure to input all your information like age and weight before starting your workout. A steady walk with your arms swinging to use more energy will burn roughly 109 calories in half an hour, but if you use the incline function you will burn more calories and because of the increase in resistance you’ll build lower body strength as well.

When you run you’re using your whole body which involves all the major muscles including the heart which in turn is building your cardiovascular endurance. With the increase in speed you can burn roughly 343 calories per half hour at a speed of 6mph. As soon as you increase the speed or incline you will burn more calories.

What I love about the treadmill is its versatility. It’s great for people of all fitness levels and can be adjusted as your physical fitness grows.

Cardio on an elliptical

ProForm-Pro-14.9-EllipticalAn elliptical machine is also an amazing cardio workout, and it’s low impact which makes it a great option for anyone with joint issues or pain. This ProForm Pro 14.9 Elliptical is full of amazing features like 26 digital resistance levels, 35 preloaded workouts, a 10 inch full colour touchscreen, heart rate handlebars and so much more. Like a treadmill, the calories burned will depend on a variety of variables such as your age, weight and settings chosen on the machine. You will roughly burn just over 2 calories per pound of body weight in a thirty minute workout.

Strength training with weights

When I think of strength training I don’t automatically think of burning calories. While it doesn’t burn as many calories as aerobic style exercises, it will burn calories as well as help increase your metabolism which means you will burn more calories during your daily life.

The focus of strength training is to keep or strengthen your muscles and bones. Like any exercise, the number of calories you burn will vary depending on your weight as well as if you’re doing body weight exercises or lifting weights. You can burn roughly 112-167 calories in a half hour of exercise.

Weider-2980-X-Weight-SystemYou have many options when it comes to strength training equipment. If you’d like to workout at home, you can buy weight sets in a variety of weights that you can increase as your body gets stronger or use resistance bands that come in a variety of resistance. I love resistance bands because they are small and compact and easy to take anywhere you go. If you have the space to create a home gym you may want to consider a home gym like this Weider 2980 X Weight System Home Gym.

Having any kind of fitness equipment at home is an incentive and reminder to workout more often. Even if you talk yourself out of going to the gym you’ll come home to see fitness equipment waiting to be used and you’ll feel more motivated to take your physical health a little more serious.

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Lindsey Reed
I am a mom of two boys who loves reading and trail runs. I am passionate about health, fitness and food and write about these topics and more on my personal blog