The Benefits Of Using An Elliptical Trainer. Part II
Belly Fat And Love Handles
One of the reasons that we are such big fans of elliptical machines is because they can burn belly fat and get rid of those love handles like no other exercise machine can. Up until recently it was thought that weight training and resistance training were the number one way to burn belly fat and build abdominal muscles, but that is not quite true.
There have been several studies performed recently that prove that aerobic exercise is definitely the best way to burn calories and get rid of belly fat. Moreover using an elliptical machine is one of the best aerobic exercises that you can do to burn fat and remove those love handles.
Everybody wants to lose weight and get ready for swimsuit season, not to mention that being overweight or obese can cause a ton of health issues. Too much fat on your body can cause diabetes, it can cause respiratory issues, heart disease, stroke, and cause problems with your joints because they are bearing too much weight.
An elliptical machine can help you lose weight and keep healthy. That is not just because they are great for burning calories though. It is also because they target the abdominal muscles the whole time.
The elliptical machine forces you to stand upright and engage your core to stay balance while working out on them. Plus if you don’t use the moving handles you will engage your core even more. They can burn some serious calories and help you get shredded abdominals in no time at all.
Training To The Max
A really neat thing that you may not know about the elliptical machine is that it can burn more calories than both cycling and running. There have been several studies performed which show that the stride length you do aerobic exercise at makes a lot of difference in terms of calories burned. These scientific studies found that as the stride length on an elliptical machine increase, so do the calories which you burn.
Something else that this study found was that it doesn’t feel like any extra work when the stride length gets longer. Therefore using an elliptical machine is a great way to maximize your calorie burning. You can burn way more calories than with cycling or running and you don’t even feel like you are putting in any more effort. Not to mention you burn more calories with no extra effort.
They Have No Impact
One of the biggest benefits that come with using an elliptical machine as opposed to virtually any other form of exercise is that it is completely impact free. Every single step you take impacts you bones and joints in your legs in a negative way.
For instance, when you run, either outdoors or on a treadmill, every time your legs comes down, your ankles and knees take lots of impact and that’s no good. All of that impact can become really hurtful over time. Your knees and ankles may degrade, become damaged, and be very painful. Plus a lot of high impact exercises can cause serious joint and bone issues in the future. Osteoporosis and arthritis can be quite debilitating in the future!
An elliptical machine is much better than running on a treadmill, running outdoors, or using a stair climber. With an elliptical machine your feet never leave the pedals and thus there is no impact on the way down.
These machines will save your knees, ankles, and other bones in your legs, not to mention your back as well, from a lot of pain and discomfort. When it comes to aerobic exercise, an elliptical machine is definitely the way to go.