There are many ways that the elliptical trainer can boost your heart health, hone your sense of balance, burn body fat – and even sculpt your abs, chest and back.
Using an elliptical machine is far less stressful on your knees, hips and back than running on a treadmill. Walking on a treadmill, however, exerts about the same force as using an elliptical machine. But it’s not half as much fun. Here’s why we feature the best, innovative high-tech elliptical machines on the market:
1 They are super-easy to use.
You don’t need a manual to understand how to use it. Plus, the handles and the wider foot pedals provide exercisers with a sense of security, especially fitness novices buying their first piece of home gym equipment.
2 Elliptical machines smoke calories.
Fitness studies indicate that depending on a user’s form and fitness level, elliptical training can blast even more calories than working out on a treadmill at the equivalent pace. Studies prove you also burn more calories on the elliptical machine (with arm handles) than you will on a stationary bike, walking briskly or lifting weights.
3 Tone up from head to toe.
Choose an elliptical machine with arm handles, increase that pedaling resistance and you’ve bought yourself one of the most efficient pieces of cardio machines on the market. Why? You target your shoulders, arms, core and lower body for an entire full-body workout – and torch calories while you’re at it. Beat that!
4 Save your knees and joints.
One of the biggest and best benefits of consistently using an elliptical machine is how it cushions impact (like you’d get from running) in several different biomechanical ways. According to clinical research from the Mayo Clinic, the design of the elliptical machine itself minimizes any stress impact on your joints.
5 Sculpt your core muscles.
The arm movements (especially with high resistance) associated with using an elliptical machine might not seem to provide much of an upper-body workout, but they actually do increase the activation of muscles around the hip joints and in the lower back while helping to tone your arms as well.
6 Work on balance.
The smooth, oval-shaped movements on an elliptical machine target and tone your hamstrings, calves and small muscles around the ankles, according to biomechanical studies. These muscles are important for balance and functional equilibrium – and lessen the incidence of falls among older people.
7 Keep your heart pumping.
Elliptical training is always heart-pumping cardiovascular exercise that works the most important of all muscles: the heart! And like all muscles, you need to exercise it regularly to make it stronger. The cardio benefits of your new elliptical trainer workout include strengthening your heart, lungs and improving the health of your arteries and blood vessels.
8 Go backwards, add variety.
Let’s talk about exercise variety and cross training! Alternate exercises and movements: pedaling forward, backward, actively pulling or pushing the handles, sitting back while holding the stationary handles in the middle, striding without hands, etc. You can even do squats (carefully) on the machine before and after your cardio workout. All of these options minimize boredom, keeping your exercise routine from becoming…well, routine!
Over all, the latest research suggests that elliptical machines are a good choice for people who want to burn fat, hone their sense of balance, take it easy on their joints and tone up all over. Where do we sign up? Contact us today to start your ultimate home gym and learn the many benefits of elliptical training. Better yet, stop in to one of our stores and “test drive” several models to see which one best fits your individual stride and personal biomechanics.