You may recall that I’m currently a smooth blogger and I received a free elliptical from Smooth Fitness. If not, now you know. Either way, in an effort to better deal with things going on in my personal life and to explain my struggles to you, I wanted to make this post about the benefits of using an elliptical as I see them. These may not apply to everyone, but they are what I’m hoping to accomplish.
Benefits of Using an Elliptical
Before I even received my smooth elliptical, I did some initial research on the benefits of using an elliptical. In fact, I had my choice between a treadmill and an elliptical. However, after some pondering, I went with the elliptical. Since I’ve received my machine, I’ve once again been reminded that I have to workout if I want to stay healthy. Thus, these are my own reasons for going with one.
- An elliptical is low impact. I went with an elliptical over a treadmill because I figured it would be safer for me. Haha! I don’t have problems with my knees too much. However, I did fall and hurt one when I was younger and they have been popping for years. So, I figured it was best to go with something that was nicer on my knees. I’m happy to report that my Smooth Fitness elliptical definitely doesn’t hurt my knees.
- It’s safe. Beyond being low impact, the elliptical feels safer to me than some other forms of working out. I don’t have to pay attention to my surroundings, like I would if I were to go to walking outside. Rather, I can concentrate on my workout. Plus, I don’t have to worry about falling off the machine (unless I get too involved in dancing).
- The elliptical gets me moving. I’d rather not go into details because of my family’s privacy. Suffice it to say that another close family member was just diagnosed with diabetes last week. It was a bit of unexpected news and it once again made me realize that I HAVE TO workout. I need to workout to stay healthy and to live a long life. I refuse to suffer and die young. I want to enjoy life for as long as possible. I’ve read that exercising can help one fight off diabetes and even decrease the side effects of it. So, I sometimes like to think that I’m kicking my genes’ butt when I feel like quitting.
Now, this obviously isn’t an exhaustive list of the benefits of using an elliptical, but I think they are pretty good. They are what I see as my own personal benefits and that’s good enough for me. What do you think of them?