The Benefits of Elliptical Workouts

No pain…your joints gain

You know that doing some form of cardio exercise on a regular basis is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Elliptical workouts are great way to get your cardio in for a number of reasons. The first being, the lack of impact on your joints. Unlike running, which is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep cardiovascularly fit, using an elliptical machine will allow you to simulate a running motion without the tremendous impact upon your knees and joints. For those of us who have joint pain, or simply don’t bounce back from workouts like we used to, then an elliptical could be the right choice for you.

The cross-training angl

You enjoy working out almost daily, but your body seems to sometimes need an additional day of recovery or at least a workout with less impact placed upon it. Plus, you only have a small window of time to workout and you want to maximize this time in your home gym. This is the benefit of doing elliptical workouts. Nowadays many brands, like Precor , TRUE and Spirit,are equipped with moveable handle bars, which allows the user to both get a lower and upper body workout simultaneously. So whether you’re looking to cross-train from the perspective of  finding an exercise system that supplements your regular running or cycling regimen, or you wish to invest in a machine that can provide solid upper body, lower body and cardiovascular fitness all in one, then an elliptical is what you’re looking to purchase for your home.

Reverse your cardio workout

A great feature that many ellipticals have is the ability to move in a reverse direction. With many people having weak quads or hamstrings, this feature is a perfect way to activate different muscle groups that you cannot be reached by simply running or cycling. What a good number of people do when they are in the midst of an elliptical workout is simply reversing their direction to strengthen these usually abandoned or forgotten muscle groups.

Perception is not always reality on an elliptical

Many studies have illustrated that people who workout on an elliptical perceive that they are exerting far less energy than they truly are. Which means that people are generally underestimating their actual output based upon their heart rate. What a rarity it is to actually be burning close to the same number of calories as other cardio workouts, but with far less of an effort.

For more information about buying  an elliptical from name brands like True, Precor and Spirit, or any other type of fitness equipment for your Phoenix area home, contact Fitness 4 Home Superstore today and we’ll be happy to match you up with the perfect piece of exercise apparatus – cardio, strength, core or flexibility.

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