Sometimes called a cross trainer or x-trainer, Ellipticals are motionless machines designed to help build strength and endurance, as well as burn fat, by mimicking the natural motions of walking, running and climbing. They usually allow you to control levels of resistance and intensity. They are often much more gentle on your joints or spine than a treadmill as they don’t have the impact factor.
Benefits of ellipticals
Balance and mobility: these machines can improve balance, and various hospitals recommend these machines. They allow you to regain motion and mobility gradually, especially after an ACL surgery and you can easily adjust your exercise intensity to support your injury.
Whole body workout: Both the upper and lower part of the body get worked out effectively at the same time. When you use an elliptical, nearly all of the muscles in the body work at the same time, improving bone strength and formation.
Minimal space and Multitask: these two speak for themselves, and they make owning one of these machines a convenient option for exercise.
Weight bearing exercise: Workouts on the Elliptical work against gravity as the knees, ankles and hip joints movements go hand in hand with the movements of the machine. Weight bearing exercises help strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis, a condition where the bones become weak and very brittle.
Aerobic Capacity: These machines are a great way to increase your cardio stamina and build strength, and you’ll feel more active and alert throughout the day.
As always, make sure you include a stretching and a 10 minute warmup before a session on the cross trainer. This will help avoid injuries, and let you really get into it. A 10 minute warm down period is also a great way to aid recovery.
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