Health and Fitness

Exercise Indoors With Elliptical Trainers

Whenever we think of indoor exercise machines there are two types of machines that come to our minds – treadmills and elliptical trainers. Both of these machines are meant for improving cardiovascular and overall fitness levels.

Although both the treadmills and the elliptical trainers are meant for the same purpose, that is exercising and improving fitness levels, there are a number of differences between the two types of machines. The treadmill has a roller belt that is powered by a motor whereas the elliptical trainer consists of cross pedals and handlebars that simulate the natural motion of running.

These machines help to not only to simulate running but also to exercise both your lower and upper body. This is a benefit of elliptical trainers over treadmills as treadmills exercise only the lower part of the body. If you workout on a treadmill you are not able to exercise, the shoulders, rib-cage and the arms.

Elliptical trainers have grown in popularity and this category of machines is preferred by professional athletes. Professional athletes like to train out by actually running out of doors. Elliptical trainers help athletes to practice indoors without their experiencing any stress or wear and tear on their knees, ankles or shins.

For the same reason, elliptical trainers are the machine of choice for physical therapists and trainers. If an athlete suffers from an injury or a condition such as runner’s knee or the Achilles tendon, then the athlete can make slow and gradual recovery on an elliptical, as there is no physical impact involved.

For these reasons many exercise trainers recommend you to buy the elliptical trainers rather than treadmills. Yet whatever type of machine you choose, remember that both these machines make your heart healthier and ensure a long life free from any sort of cardiovascular diseases.