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# How many calories does the Gazelle burn?

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The number of calories burned on a Gazelle depends on the body weight and level of exertion of the operator. Given that a Gazelle glider is designed similarly to an elliptical machine, a 30-minute session at medium intensity burns approximately 179 calories for a 150-pound person.

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When compared to other activities, such as hiking, biking and walking, done at moderate paces, a Gazelle workout burns about the same number of calories, if not more, in the same amount of time. For example, a 150-pound person who hikes at a moderate pace for 30 minutes burns 185 calories, whereas a cycler, going at a speed under 10 mph, burns 145 calories. Walkers who walk at a pace of 3 1/2 mph for 30 minutes burn 140 calories per session, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Gazelle Glider website claims that the elliptical glider offers a low-impact workout that features six to 10 exercise variations in one session. Not only does the equipment provide good aerobic and resistance training, it also enables users to gain all the advantages that come from such activities as running, stretching, skiing, cross-country skiing and dancing.

Users of the Gazelle stand on secured foot plates and grasp an arm lever on the machine. The user's legs and arms move in a scissors-type motion back and forth. Some models in the Gazelle line-up come with controls that increase or decrease the resistance during a workout.

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