Ten Things You Need to Know About Elliptical Exercise Machines

Living a healthier lifestyle can be done in hundreds of ways. But when it comes down to it, it all boils down to two things: good diet and regular exercise. And if you have crossed out the former and you want to focus on the latter, as a beginner, you should try the elliptical exercise machine.

For the full body workout an elliptical exercise machine can provide. One of the reasons why it’s gaining a following and catching up on the popularity of other cardio machines is the fact that it is very easy to use and very safe too.

If you are planning on trading in your morning runs or time on the treadmill or stair climber for this equipment, here are 10 things that you need to know about the elliptical exercise machine.

  1. Elliptical exercise machines are fairly safe- there will be no excessive pressure to the joints so rest-assured, the risk of injuries is greatly reduced.
  2. The first elliptical training machine was developed in the early 90s but it was only in 2004 when it was patented to Larry D. Miller from Precor- a famous health fitness equipment manufacturer. Miller got the idea when he saw his daughter running beside a car!
  3. An elliptical exercise machine is more popularly known as an “elliptical trainer” or an “elliptical.”
  4.  There are common types of elliptical trainers: rear drive, front drive and center drive.
  5. A rear drive elliptical machine is the oldest of the bunch, and many people have favored this type because it does give you a feeling of just walking or jogging.
  6. If you’re more of a stair climber, the front drive elliptical will be perfect for you.
  7. The newest of the three, a center drive elliptical is known to be the easiest to use. It puts a focus on supporting your center of gravity so it tends to be easier on the joints.
  8. Elliptical exercise machines are like a mix between treadmills, stationary bikes and stair climbers because of the range of leg motion you will get in an elliptical.
  9. A person can improve their balance, posture and motor fitness by not holding on to the handgrips in an elliptical exercise machine.
  10. Increasing your stride length will also increase the number of muscle groups you stimulate during your workout. This means you will have fuller and more complete exercise. Get an elliptical exercise machine with at least an 18 inch stride length.

The prices of elliptical exercise machine vary according to several factors: manufacturer, stride length, smoothness, type of drive and many more. If you are in the New Orleans area, you will find ellipticals that cost as much as $5000 or as inexpensive as $999. Get started with an Octane XT-One Smart Elliptical.

If you are in (or near) the Greater New Orleans region and want to get more information on what elliptical exercise machine fits your needs and budget, you can check out Fitness Expo Stores.

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Metairie – (504) 887-0880
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