Have you noticed how many elliptical trainers are at your local health club? There’s a REASON!! So get ready to change your ways, elliptical skeptics. Here are six AWESOME reasons to use the elliptical trainer.
Low Impact Exercise. The elliptical is softer on the body in general, but especially on the knees and other weight-bearing joints. Your feet never leave the pedals. It is like walking in midair.
- Weight-Bearing Exercise. You work against gravity as the knees, ankles and hip joints movements’ go hand in hand with the movements of the machine. This type of movement helps to strengthen your bones which is important to inhibit the onset of osteoporosis.
- Improve Balance and Mobility. Though you should get the go-ahead from a doctor before hopping back into the fitness. Experts believe the elliptical machine may help you regain range of motion in the hips.
Burn More Calories in Less Time. Work your upper and lower body and get your cardio fix all in one. Exercising more muscles helps tone more of your body and you end up burning more calories and fat in less time. Believe it or not, your pulse revs up during elliptical training—higher than the treadmill.
- Increase You Aerobic Capacity. Using the elliptical for 25+ minutes a day, 3 to 4 times a week, may help increase stamina and cardio capacity and help you to be more active and alert throughout the day.
- You can Totally do it. The elliptical is good for all ages and fitness levels. Including the elliptical machine in your fitness routine can help strengthen your heart, lungs, and muscles, while boosting your stamina, improving your balance, and burning a lot of calories.
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