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Ellipticals

Written by Jill Morrison
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Ellipticals are exercise machines that are effective for cardiovascular training and muscle toning. They give an incredible aerobic workout that is also comfortable to perform. These machines are low impact, so they will minimize impact to your legs, feet, lower back, and joints which can be injured when using a treadmill.

Qualities of Ellipticals

Ellipticals provide efficient calorie burning at a low resistance level. You will primarily use the muscles of the lower body which has proven to be the most effective area to use for efficient aerobic activity. Some machines also have arm motion handles, so your arms will be used and toned at the same time as your lower body muscles.

Minimizing the impact on your body by using an elliptical machine makes the aerobic activity seem easier to perform. Therefore, you are likely to exercise more aggressively to increase the aerobic activity level. This aggressive action will make your fitness results happen more quickly and effectively.

Ellipticals can be purchased from stores, catalogs, and often for special prices online. They may come equipped with features such as a heart rate monitor so you can track the intensity of your workout. Some may also have a programmable display, bottle holder, electromagnetic resistance system, foam padded hand grips or commercial size foot pedals.


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