It seems like a health revolution is happening. Isn't it exciting? As people get more and more conscious about what they eat and how much they weigh, and as more options - in the form of various fitness machines such as weight training equipment, Pilates machines, and weight lifting equipment are becoming available to more effectively promote a fit and trim body, good health is really within reach for any determined individual.
If you're one such individual, you may have heard about elliptical exercise machines. It's a relatively new brand of fitness machine, and so if you're interested in knowing more about this product, here is some information that you might find useful:
- What is it? An elliptical machine is a type of workout equipment that provides a low-impact, high-energy workout. As mentioned before, it is a relatively new kind of exercise machine, but it has steadily grown in popularity over recent years. It is constantly being compared to treadmills, though these two machines have uniquely different features (see number 2), advantages, and disadvantages.
- What are its important features? An elliptical exercise machine has foot pedals, which move in an elliptical fashion (hence the name) and which mimic the normal motion of the foot and legs during walking and jogging. Since the foot never leaves the foot pedals (as opposed to treadmills), using an elliptical machine has been compared to "walking or running in midair". There are also handlebars that you can grip; heart rate monitors; and adjustable inclines (to regulate the intensity of the workout), among other features.
- What are its benefits? Perhaps one of the most important benefits of using elliptical exercise machines over other kinds of fitness machines is that it puts less impact and strain on joints and muscles. Also, it gives you both an upper and lower body work-out (compared to the treadmill, which focuses mostly on the legs and thighs) - the upper body being exercised through the use of the dual action handle bars, while the lower body is being exercised through the foot pedals. Apart from this, an elliptical machine is estimated to burn around 8 to 12 calories per minute. It provides a good cardiovascular workout and strengthens bones and muscles. If you refrain from using the bars, you would probably find this to be one of the best abs exercises ever, as your abs would work harder to keep your balance.
- What are some examples of brands of elliptical exercise machines? Some of the more popular brands of elliptical exercise machines include the Tony Little Gazelle Trainer (with four different versions: the Gazelle Freestyle, the Gazelle Edge, the Gazelle Sprintmaster and the Gazelle Powerplus); and the Leg Magic workout equipment. Other exercise equipment that you can use in conjunction with an elliptical machine would include a Red Exercise machine (for your arms, shoulders, hips and legs).
Remember, good health has many benefits that you just can't afford to miss out on. With all the easy and affordable exercise equipment out there, there's just no more excuses left to refrain from seeking a healthier and trimmer you. So get on your feet, and exercise your way to a longer, healthier and fuller life!