Elliptical Machines & Steppers
Although they’ve only been around since the early ’90s, elliptical machines have garnered a large and faithful following due to their many attractive features and benefits. Capable of accommodating most ages and body types, the elliptical provides an intense workout with low risk of injury to the back, knees, hips and ankles. This low-impact system mimics the normal elliptical motion of your feet, the extension of your legs and the rotation of your hips during walking and running. So even though your feet rest on large pedals, you still experience the same benefits of running and avoid the negative affects of impact. Many elliptical machines also feature dual handlebars that imitate the pulling action of cross-country skiing. While your lower body moves through the elliptical motion, you also work your upper body. Consequently, your heart rate climbs much quicker, giving you faster results in a shorter amount of time.