Shopping for Ellipticals

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Although they haven’t been around as long as treadmills, ellipticals have quickly made their way into the exercise equipment scene. And for good reason. They are great machines for cardiovascular workout. You can get just as intense a workout on an elliptical, but you don’t have the impact you do with a treadmill.

Elliptical trainers exercise both your upper and lower body. They are a cross between a stair climber and a cross-country ski machine. They get their name form the elliptical shape that your feet move in. You are able to control the resistance with just the touch of a button. They are relatively quiet because most don’t have a motor. You may choose to place your hands on one of two grips, one set that is moving, or the other that is stationary. Use the moving grips when you want your arms to get a workout as well.

You can find ellipticals that are less expensive, but you pay for what you get. The lower priced models are usually less stable. In addition the warranty on the machines is not as long. Be careful when shopping cheap ellipticals. You’ll want to pay attention to the stability and motion of the machine. This means you need to test out the product before you buy it. Also, some of the cheaper models have shorter stride lengths. This may not be too much of a problem if you are petite. Otherwise, it could make working out very uncomfortable. A less expensive machine will also mean fewer features.

In order to get the best elliptical you will have to spend more money. These more expensive machines are like what they use in the gym and are sturdier, have more features and longer warranties. Their movements are generally smoother and more natural. The best option will probably include features like incline and a heart monitor. Some high-end models even have fans and TVs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best machines. Try not to pay for extra features you won’t use. This can help you spend a little less.

Before you buy an elliptical you need to decide what your needs are. Consider how much space you can spare, how often you will use the equipment, what features you want, and how much you are willing to spend. It’s important to test out the machine before you use it. You can definitely purchase online, but try to find the same model at a nearby store so you can first do a trial run.

If you simply can’t afford a standard elliptical one option you could consider is a mini elliptical. There are a few mini models out there. Some just include the pedaling action and don’t have handles. Even the ones with handles have handles that are stationary and used for stability, not for exercising the arms. You can even adjust the resistance on these machines, just not while you are using it. Your range of motion will be limited with a mini machine like this, but you will still be able to get a good cardiovascular workout.

If the gym is not for you, consider buying one of the many ellipticals on the market. It will provide you will a great way to get your exercise.

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