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Reasons to Grab the Elliptical at Your Gym

By Donna Stark

Well, you got the gym membership and now you are walking past every machine trying to decide which one to choose. Some you are familiar with. The line of treadmills and stationary bikes look pretty much the same as the ones you used back in high school. But others, well ... they look questionable. The one you are looking at now, the elliptical, seems easy to use, but you know that looks can be deceiving when it comes to official gym equipment, don't you? The good news is that the elliptical is easy to use, but the bad news is that because it is so easy, you may never want to get off!

Reasons to Try the Elliptical

If you ever see an empty elliptical at the gym, you may want to rush over to grab it because it won't be empty for long! The elliptical is arguably one of the most popular machines at the gym, and as soon as you give it a try, you will begin to understand why. Here are some great reasons to grab that machine before anyone else does.

  • Two workouts in one - The elliptical is a great workout for both your upper and lower body. As your legs move back and forth, your arms are following their lead, and you get a workout that targets your calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, shoulders, abs, triceps, and biceps.
  • Easy on the joints - With less impact than running, the elliptical is the perfect choice if you are looking to reduce the stress placed on your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. In fact, your feet never leave the pedals, which is why many people compare it to "walking in midair."
  • Increases your heart rate - Increasing your heart rate during exercise improves your cardiovascular health, lowers the risk of serious health issues, and helps you burn more calories. It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day which can easily be achieved with the elliptical.
  • Helps you lose weight - You may think that the elliptical is a "softer" version of the treadmill and that you couldn't possibly lose weight on it, but you would be wrong. Studies show that working out on an elliptical is actually just as effective as the treadmill in terms of weight loss and weight maintenance.

Get Moving With an Elliptical

What more could you ask for from a machine at the gym? It's easy on your joints, you can burn a ton of calories, and you get to tone your body while also improving your cardiovascular endurance. It may sound too good to be true, but you know it's not because the line to use it is getting longer and longer by the minute! So get moving and grab that empty one while you can!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lubbock, Tex.

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