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About Elliptical Exercise

Elliptical exercises are based on low-impact movements that will raise the level of your heart rate and tone the muscles throughout your body. Elliptical exercise machines became popular in the 1990s and are still very popular today; many different types of elliptical machines are available at gyms, fitness clubs, and retail stores.

The Benefits and Disadvantages of Elliptical Exercise

The main benefit of elliptical exercise is the ability to use most of your major muscle groups, and increase your heart rate, without adding stress to the joints and bones. These exercises are perfect for people who are overweight, have suffered from previous stress injuries, are out of shape, or who are elderly. Elliptical exercise can add to your overall body tone and muscle strength, and can help you with your weight loss goals. Many different types of elliptical exercises have been developed, and it is possible to vary your elliptical exercise routine to keep your exercise program fresh and interesting.

Two disadvantages are associated with elliptical exercise. The first disadvantage is that elliptical exercises are usually only performed on an elliptical exercise machine. If you are unfamiliar with exercise machines you may feel discouraged from trying elliptical exercises. However, there are many different types of elliptical exercise machines on the market today, and most of them are user friendly.


Elliptical exercise should be used in addition to other fitness programs; this is the second disadvantage to elliptical exercise. If you are looking to achieve a defined, toned, look, and you want to lose a lot of weight, elliptical exercise is usually not enough.

Elliptical Machines

You can either use an elliptical machine at a fitness club or gym, or you can purchase an elliptical machine for home use. If you are thinking about purchasing an elliptical machine, and you have never used an elliptical machine before, it is strongly recommended that you try exercising on them at a fitness center first. At these centers you can learn how to use the machines, and you can determine whether you would like to use the machine at home.

The popularity of elliptical exercise machines in the 1990s led to an explosion in companies which produced elliptical machines. In the haste to capitalize on the elliptical exercise craze, some companies manufactured low quality machines. Before you purchase an elliptical exercise machine, remember that you get what you pay for. Be sure to only purchase an elliptical machine from a company that offers a money back guarantee.