Cardio should be a part of any well-rounded workout and one of the machines that will get you the best results is an elliptical trainer. Experts see this as the marriage between a stair climber and a treadmill, where you are going a continuous stride. You can incorporate it into your trip to the gym after work or could even get your own machine to put in your house. There are many people staying fit with this piece of equipment.
Many people prefer the elliptical to other exercise machines because it puts less strain on your joints and muscles than some of its relatives. It is not jarring on the joints and reduces back pain. This is because you're standing in a relatively natural position. If you suffer from chronic pain you should still visit a doctor or a personal trainer before starting any workout but this could be the solution for you. This is why they are becoming very popular in homes.
Photo of elliptical trainer courtesy of Fiesta Rentals.
With this equipment there is the option to do a full-body workout or just concentrate on the lower muscle groups. By taking the moving handles you're able to add an upper component that uses the back and arm muscles. If you're heading to the gym between the office and home and don't have any time to waste this is a way of tackling everything in a quick twenty minutes. You also can move both forwards and backwards. This again targets different areas.
Those new to exercising should definitely test out the elliptical, as it burns more calories while exerting less energy than on a treadmill. As you progress with your workouts you can add to the intensity by creating more resistance to your strides. When using the gym you might find that you are sweating much less than the people working out around you to much better results.
While there are many benefits to this machine it does not make up and entire gym schedule all on its own. Combining your twenty minutes of cardio with some free weights or other strength training can really be the key to getting the best possible total workout routine.
If you're interested in trying an elliptical and can't make it to the gym for regular workouts you should think about renting a machine. This is a great way to get your workout done while still watching the kids or your favorite television show. Even when you're on vacation in a hotel you might find that you can still keep on track with this machine. It can be more fun than work.