Saving Money On Your Elliptical Machine!

By: Helen Hecker

Assuming you've decided to find and buy an elliptical machine for your home you'll be faced with a lot of different machines and many brands. It can be very confusing when you want to choose the best machine for you and save money too. The higher quality machines do offer a more natural feel and a comfortable stride because they are larger and better constructed.

Just about all gyms, health and fitness clubs and many homes have already acquired elliptical machines. If you are only just thinking about the best all-around home fitness equipment, you should consider an elliptical trainer. But buying a machine online or offline is difficult unless you've spent time comparing reviews, rankings and ratings.

The Consumer Reports magazine is a very good place to start, to compare features and approximate costs of these units. Many of the consumer-type models that are found in sporting goods and the big-box retail stores can only handle users who weigh no more than 250 lbs and cost $1000 or less. So when you go shopping for an elliptical you need to decide beforehand whether you want to buy something expensive or a lower cost or discounted or even used machine.

If you're cramped for space at home or have a small home gym area, an elliptical trainer can be a great way to save needed space while much lower 'Perceived Rate of Exertion' whenever you have a workout. Most trainers are smaller than a treadmill and can be easily moved for cleaning or to store away neatly.

Most units will come standard with an on-board computer. Studies show that because these machines are optimizing one's energy expenditure, the average person will burn a lot more calories. Another great feature is that you can move at a nice, comfortable speed while occasionally allowing for a burst of high intensity.

Elliptical machines first came into the marketplace just a few years ago. They've been gaining in popularity ever since. Now the general estimates of the calories that can be burned with are about 388 calories for a 151 pound woman who has used it for 31 minutes. An elliptical workout burns about 13 calories per minute.

With this machine, all exercises to maintain a healthy bone density can be performed. They help provide healthy bodies by helping to maintain healthy bone density. While using an elliptical machine gives you a no-impact workout, the resistance exercise helps to build bone density and fight off osteoporosis. Because the unit is a low or no impact machine it's a good choice for people who are suffering from or are recovering from knee, ankle or hip joint problems.

With an elliptical there's no need to remove feet from the foot pads so there is little stress on your knees, ankles, hips or back. Look for a trainer that has a few different programs preset into the computer. An elliptical workout provides an overall body workout without all the strain that can be found with other equipment.

An elliptical machine is able can provide the same benefits people can get with exercises. And if you haven't used one yet you really need to try one out. Buying an inexpensive or low cost unit is easy to do today with all the information available online.

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