We all know how important exercise is if you want to stay healthy. We can see it every day as the population now lives well into their 70’s and 80’s. Now more than ever we rely on fitness equipment and training equipment to keep us healthy, that includes rowing machines, exercise bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers. The elliptical trainer has grown in popularity over the years with many fitness enthusiasts preferring it to the exercise bike or treadmill. The elliptical trainer comes with plenty of health benefits to justify its popularity. Here are the top 5 benefits of an elliptical trainer.
Low Impact Exercises
One of the biggest benefits of using the elliptical versus other machines is that it is far easier on your joints. The machine has less pressure on your knees and ankles, while other machines have constant pounding. All of the joints in your leg, knees, ankles and feet take far less of a pounding than they would on a treadmill.
Works Large Muscle Groups
A study was done at the University of Idaho and the elliptical works large muscle groups in both the upper and lower body. There are handles that allow your arms to move at the same time as you are moving your legs. You’re not just working out your legs but your arms too and on top of that the whole body workout is cardiovascular too.
If you use your elliptical regularly it can help you lose weight by helping you burn between 300-500 calories in as little as half an hour. This will depend on your weight and how intense you make your workouts. A treadmill on the other hand will only burn 130 calories within the same time frame. Once again this will depend on how intense your workout is and your starting weight.
You Can do it at Home
There are plenty of fitness enthusiasts who don’t want to drag themselves to a gym everyday. As a trainer I don’t care where you work out as long as you workout regularly. With in-home fitness equipment like the elliptical you can still do exercises and save you the time it takes you to get to the gym. You can also workout while watching your favorite TV show…two birds, one stone.
While the amount of noise from one elliptical to another will vary most are pretty quiet. You can get a smooth riding machine and use it anytime, day or night. Some prefer to exercise early in the morning, getting the workout over with before work. Others prefer to end their day with some exercise. No matter when you want to work out, you don’t have to worry about disturbing the neighbors.
These are just some of the benefits of using an elliptical trainer, but don’t overlook the most important one and that is improving your health and fitness. There is no better time to get started than right now.