These machines are getting fancy. Some are just a simple, non-electric resistance training machine; but then others are highly intelligent machines capable of monitoring heart rate, programming workout routines and also determining how many calories were burned in a workout.

A common misconception is that these work your arms and legs at the same time. No, this is false. There is nothing here that will build muscle. This is a complete weight shedding machine and nothing else. For building muscle mass you need isolated resistance on specific muscles. This machine successfully activates your entire body in a very effective cardio pumping exercise, but it does not build any muscle mass and certainly not on the arms.

Cardio exercises are very important, and by simply running you can quickly hit a plateau. That is what makes using different machines so useful and effective. If you are trying to lose weight or if you are just training for a long distance run, then working the elliptical is certainly the exercise for you. You won’t just burn fat either.

Cardio exercising is the number one form of exercise that all doctors and physicians recommend, either on an elliptical or treadmill When you work your cardio, it won’t just benefit one thing, it’s effects are echoed throughout your body. You see the organs in the body work synergistically with each other, so by improving your heart strength you are also improving every other organ, muscle, and tissue in your body. For the most part, elliptical machines are used to prevent heart problems in people that may be a little less than fit.

These machines are great because you can either increase the difficulty of the exercise or decrease the difficulty, by using the resistance controls on the machine. This makes it easily beneficial for everyone who wants to either lose weight, or just train cardio. When you train on these your breathing will also become better, and will increase your lung capacity. Many people with respiratory problems will train their lungs and heart by using an elliptical. By increasing blood flow from the heart to the lungs, it is easier to carry oxygen throughout the body in the blood stream. Some people naturally have better hearts and lungs than others, but these make it easy for everyone to develop strong healthy heart and lungs.

These machines can get pretty expensive, so if you don’t want to have to spend a lot of money on one; chances are that your local gym will have a few that you can work on.  Remember, exercise is most effective when you are dieting and generally trying to live healthy