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Elliptical trainers are machines that mimic a walking/running movement, without impact. That creates a lot of moving parts that engineers have control over. Like a cycle/exercise bike, you have total lower body involvement. But, unlike a cycle, you usually engage the upper body as well. Lets make this as simple as possible and break down both body parts. First, the lower body. When choosing an elliptical you need to consider the following; length of stride, space between pedals, how deep the step is(called weight transfer) and the shape of the ellipse. Usually, a person can tell in a relatively short period of use if a machine feels comfortable or awkward. If there is an injury to a foot, ankle, knee or hip, it might feel alright but there could be some residual effect. If this is the case, it is recommended that you use a single machine for 5 to 10 minutes and wait 2 days to see if there are any adverse effects.
Now the upper body, and many people neglect to take this into consideration. Moving handles have an impact on the shoulders and lower back. If the throw of the handles is to long, it can pull the user forward at the waist causing strain on the lower back. If the throw is too short, the increased number of movements can increase the anaerobic condition and create more lactic acid in the muscles, causing soreness and muscle fatigue. These are all good reasons to see a fitness professional when considering purchasing an elliptical.
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