Why Not Walk Or Bike?
When we think of working out, we immediately think running or riding the bike. Both of which are great physical activities and really good forms of cardio vascular exercises.
In addition to the treadmill and exercise bikes in the gym, there is also the cross trainer. The cross trainer, also known as an elliptical trainer is the ultimate in low impact cardio while maintaining a high intensity workout.
The cross trainer will give you a full body workout, where the bike and treadmill predominantly target the legs and the lower body in general. You hold on to the handles where you push and pull with your arms. This activates the muscles in your arms, shoulders, chest and back. At the same time as peddling activating your legs, abs and glutes.
While traditionally people use the cross trainer for cardio, it is also often used for toning purposes. So if you wanted to shape your legs and glutes, you could set the machine so you hone in and work on those areas exclusively. In the same instance, if you wanted to workout your arms, you would follow suit.
There are many different types of cross trainers on the market today, the best cross trainers have an in-built console with various settings, resistance levels, heart rate sensors, user profiles and many other features.
Things To Consider When Buying
It is always advised to first workout what it is you want in a cross trainer, also look at your budget and the physical space you have in your home to store and use the trainer, it is wise to check the warranty period as well – to make sure the cross trainer will be seen to if something were to go wrong with it. Most of the top manufacturers offer an in-home service and repair within their warranty period.
Here are some good points to consider when buying a cross trainer. While it is a decent sized investment, it could be your best investment this year! (that is if you’re serious about keeping fit!).