Elliptical Exercise Equipment - Easy and Safe To Use
Elliptical exercise equipment has gotten increasingly popular in recent years. The term "elliptical" literally means to be oval shaped. An elliptical exercise machine uses a smooth oval like movement to provide smooth movement that is both easy and fun. An elliptical exercise machine works when you stand on soft footpads, and hold handgrips that will help with balance issues.
Depending on the model you purchase, your elliptical may have an upper body workout feature as well. The exercise itself is a lot like walking or running. However, while you are bearing weight on your feet, your feet will not leave the elliptical footpads, so you will not experience the level of joint impact you might with walking or running on a treadmill. You, therefore, get an excellent total body workout in a very low impact environment with an elliptical, which makes them very safe.
Using an elliptical means that you reach your target heart rate faster than you do with other exercise equipment. This means you will be in the calorie-burning zone for more of your workout than you might with other non-elliptical equipment. That means less total time working out with the elliptical for you.
Ellipticals give you a total body workout benefit. Many ellipticals come with an upper body workout function, as well as the ability to use the elliptical in forward or reverse. This means you can tone all of your muscles, even those hard to reach spots like the thighs and butt with your elliptical.
Elliptical Safety - Serious Business
Safety devices on ellipticals include having enclosed working parts, safety stationary handles, and low step-up heights. The enclosed moving parts means you do not have to worry about pets or children hurting themselves while you are working out with your elliptical. The stationary elliptical handles provide support and stability for you. The low step-up height means you won't injure yourself as you're getting on or off the elliptical.
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