Elliptical trainers have become one of the most popular machines for cardiovascular exercise. There are a variety of this particular type of personal exercise machine available, some of which incorporate arm movement whilst some do not.

 With this specific type of trainer, if used regularly will help to change a number of health risk factors. It is known that there is a number of injuries for which the training apparatus would have very positive benefits. For this reason the manufacturers recommend that you use this particular type of machine for cross training which will be of benefit for lower extremity injuries. This is because they engage the legs in a movement pattern that combines the same motion used in stair stepping with cross-country skiing, providing a low-impact work out.

 There is consensus that for a given distance of running at a given level of known exertion or heart rate, it requires three to four times the amount of cycling to burn up a similar amount of energy. For a specific distance of swimming it requires up to four times physical exertion of running to make the same level of energy be utilised by the body. This is why this now popular type of trainer is increasingly equipped with monitors to measure the amount of perceived energy expenditure.

 As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, it is highly likely that you will need to exercise more. In your quest for a higher level of fitness, you can make more health benefits if you boost your total exercise time to about 300 minutes a week.

 As an assistant to weight loss, regular exercise is likely to help you to be able to stick to a diet and lose weight. On top of this benefit, exercise is associated with a reduction in blood pressure, improved glucose regulation, promotion of better lipid profiles and stronger as well as denser bones.

 If you are finding it hard to fit in long daily exercise sessions, change to short but frequent periods of activity. For instance, if you can't fit in one 30-minute exercise session every day, try three 10-minute sessions instead. The important point is being able to make regular physical activity a part of your lifestyle.

Using an elliptical machine is generally considered a low impact exercise which is why it definitely should be considered a good alternative to jogging, whether it in on a treadmill in a gym or outside on the street. As a bonus, this trainer shouldn't cause knee pain if you use it correctly. You could however experience knee pain if you have been unfortunate enough to have ever suffered from an underlying knee problem, such as degenerative arthritis. With some knee injuries it could be found that using a stationary training cycle would be a better option and not using an elliptical machine.

When you first start working out with the machine, it is best to keep up a good posture to help to get yourself the most effective workout possible. Keep your shoulders back whilst keeping your head looking up, and keeping your abdominal muscles tight. Look forward and not down towards your feet. Do not lean on the handles – this is cheating yourself - let your lower body support your weight. Used correctly, your elliptical trainer should give you a great body with an enjoyable routine.