Get The Most Out Of Your Elliptical Machine

 

Get The Most Out Of Your Elliptical Machine

In this contemporary era, more and more people have become interested in leading a healthy life. Although there are many ways to accomplish this goal, consistent participation in physical activity is one of the best strategies to use. While there are several different types of exercise you could do to become healthy, the use of the elliptical machine could be particularly advantageous. By learning more about this machine, you can get the most out of the physical activity you do. At Smooth Fitness, we’re committed to helping you lead a healthier lifestyle. We wanted to start out by going into the basics of the elliptical machine.

Elliptical Machine: The Basics

Many of us are familiar with what an elliptical machine is, or at least we've heard of one. For those who are not as familiar with the machine, it is essentially a stationary exercise machine that simulates activity such as walking, stair climbing, and running. One of the great benefits of the elliptical machine is that it does not place excessive pressure on the user's joints.

Uses Of The Elliptical Machine

There are several purposes for which people use elliptical machines. Some of them include:

1. Weight Maintenance

Because elliptical machines involve intense cardiovascular activity, they are effective in burning calories such that individuals can maintain their current weight.

2. Weight Loss

In addition to facilitating weight maintenance, elliptical machines can help people lose weight as a result of the fact that the cardiovascular activity they involve can effectively burn stored fat.

3. Toning Up

Elliptical machines are very effective in toning various regions of the body, particularly the legs. Because the machine necessitates that people make use of their quadriceps, this region of the body often becomes very toned when the elliptical is used.

How To Get The Most Out Of An Elliptical Machine

In recognizing how effective elliptical machines can be in aiding weight maintenance and toning, you may want to know what you can do to get the most out of the machine. Here are several strategies you can implement:

1. Pedal Backwards.

When you pedal backwards on your elliptical, you'll get a more intense workout for your quadriceps.

2. Increase Your Stride Length.

Your stride length is the distance your legs are traveling as you perform your movements. When you increase your stride length, you burn more calories in the same amount of time.

3. Let Go Of The Hand Bars.

While safety is an important issue to consider when working out, individuals who feel stable and comfortable enough to let go of the hand bars of their elliptical can do so. Letting go of the hand bars will force your body to balance itself. Additionally, the activity will incorporate other parts of your body, thereby making the workout more intense.

4. Incorporate Other Exercises.

Alternating pedaling on your elliptical machine with other exercises is a practice referred to as cross training. This type of activity is great because it prevents boredom and makes you less susceptible to injury. There are a variety of different exercises you can do during an exercise session that involves the elliptical machine. Some of them include cycling, jogging on the treadmill, or weight-lifting. One exercise sequence you might try is twenty minutes on the elliptical, twenty minutes of cycling on the bike, and twenty minutes of jogging on the treadmill.

Feel Great and Have Fun

Individuals who want to look good and feel great should know that using elliptical machines can help them accomplish their goal. Once you begin exercising with the machine consistently, you will be on your way to a healthy, productive lifestyle. Good luck!

(External links)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptical_trainer
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/23/health/spring-power-foods/

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