Elliptical machines (or elliptical trainers) are highly beneficial in all senses and can be found in most gyms and fitness centers nowadays. They owe their popularity to the number of advantages they have.

Perhaps the most important advantage of an elliptical trainer is that it's low-impact. This means that people of all ages (even the elderly), fitness levels or those ones who have some joint injuries can use it instead of jogging, stay fit and forget worrying about an excessive pressure on their knees, ankles or back.

Because the best ellipticals have movable upper body handles, you can work both lower and upper body simultaneously. This results in a great cardiovascular workout for the whole body, heart muscle strengthening, and that in its turn leads to the heart disease or heart attack risk reduction. Besides, it requires less time to burn more calories and get an overall workout. Only 20-30 minutes of exercising would be enough to have your shoulders, chest, core, biceps and triceps thoroughly worked.

Another benefit is the fact that they're extremely easy and safe to use. They require little skill and come with a variety of preset exercise programs. They also have adjustable incline and resistance levels to control the intensity of workouts or to fit some other of your personal fitness demands. The programs imitate running, hill climbing, walking or even cross-country skiing which is pretty good at preventing boredom. Workout programs can be also downloaded from the Internet.

Unlike other common exercise machines, elliptical trainers have a better track record and can be equipped with wireless heart rate control for your workout optimization. The pedals can be also worked in reverse direction. This allows to target other muscle groups and helps to strengthen different parts of the knee.

Moreover, those trainers are highly efficient for weight loss and in increasing your aerobic capacity which is very important, as it helps to do exercises for a long time without getting out of breath. A 30-minute workout proved to burn about 200 calories at a moderate intensity level. To top it all, elliptical machines provide weight-bearing exercises that help to maintain and to build bone density inhibiting the onset of osteoporosis.