Bored on the treadmill?  The Elliptical Machine may be just the change of pace you need.  The Elliptical is a great addition to any workout at the gym or addition to your home gym.  It’s a total body workout with plenty of benefits.

Full body workout

The Elliptical is a dream for working out the lower body.  It’s a combination of the stair climber and treadmill.  You get both of those machines’ benefits in one elliptical.  The hamstrings, quads, glutes, and all the lower body muscles are put into play for solid lower body training.

Most Elliptical machines are equipped with moving handles.  This allows you to double your workout by taxing the upper body too.  The triceps, biceps, chest and back are all engaged when using the handles.  Add tightening of your abs while on the elliptical and you get a total body workout.

Body weight driven

The Elliptical is not motorized.  Your body weight provides the resistance.  This is excellent because there is no coasting or relying on a machine to do the work for you.  It is all you.  This type of workout – using your body weight – is awesome for your bones.  It helps keep them strong by bearing your weight and helps stave off bone health issues like osteoporosis.

Low Impact

A huge plus to the Elliptical is that it is incredibly low impact.  Unlike running – on street or treadmill – there is no jarring motion to effect the knees, hips or ankles.  It’s a smooth almost circular motion.  Those with knee issues should have no problems on the Elliptical.  The calorie burn and fat burn is the same as running or walking, just without the need to ice down after a workout due to irritated or inflamed joint.

Cardiovascular health

Just as in running and walking, the cardiovascular workout on an elliptical is excellent.  This could easily be added to your cardio routine.  It presents the same results as any other cardio workout but, with low impact so less stress and possible injuries.

Maintenance and Programs

An elliptical is cost effective.  There is really no maintenance or parts to replace.  Buy it and you are done.  Another added benefit is that almost all ellipticals have a board that you can program for different workouts, resistance and length of time.  A lot are also USB compatible which means you are able to download more and varied workouts from the Internet.  This keeps things new and keeps boredom at bay.

So many beneficial results are available by using an Elliptical Machine.  One important point, to maximize your workout and prevent injury or muscle stiffness, is to watch your posture.  You should keep your shoulders back, head up and abs tight.  It should also be noted that leaning on the bars with your body weight is not advised.  If you are leaning on the bars for stability, readjust your posture and use the handles to work your upper body.   Enjoy a full body workout on one, low impact body sculpting machine.