Why Go Elliptical?
I have been asked several times about the benefits of using an elliptical trainer over other fitness equipment’s People want to know what’s special and unique about an elliptical workout? I’ve listed below a few of the advantages unique only to elliptical’s.
1) Offers Lower Impact to the joints.
A well designed elliptical mimics the natural motion of your body, whether it is running, walking or jogging. Your feet are always planted firmly on the pedals while you stand upright and stride in a forward or reverse motion.
Due to this there is almost zero impact to your knees, back, joints and hips (Only make sure you get a reasonably good quality elliptical trainer and not one from a cheap departmental store)
As a result, elliptical trainers are fast becoming very popular with the older and younger generation too. They are also used by sport-persons who are more prone to sports related injury or for rehabilitation.
2) Provides a Superior Full body workout as the upper arm handles burn more calories.
Almost all elliptical trainers have upper body arm handles which are movable. As the legs and arms workout simultaneously, your heart rate increases steadily, which in turn burns more calories quickly and efficiently.
Owing to this, there is a lower perceived rate of exertion which means that one doesn’t feel like they have worked as hard as they really did. This results in shedding calories quickly without feeling exhausted and you would want to workout again.
Also the constant back and forth movement of the upper body arms helps tone your arms, back, shoulders and give them better definition.
3) Back & Forth motion gives superior results.
Majority of ellipticals offer back & forth motion which is also called dual action movement. The main advantage of this is that it allows one to work on different muscle groups like hamstrings, quads, calves etc which results in more calories burnt, muscle toning and a superior full body workout.
Moreover, the elliptical allows you to stride backwards for targeting more muscle groups and burns more calories in the process. This motion, however is not possible in a treadmill or a stationary bike.
Final word: The elliptical trainer has many benefits and advantages compared to other cardio equipments. It goes super easy on the knees/joints and gives you a complete body workout to shed more calories and maintain superior fitness. Only make sure you use one which meets your requirements and is properly designed for good comfort.