Electric running machines are gaining more popularity as time goes by. Many health and fitness enthusiasts are finding the benefits of these types of fitness equipment just too much to ignore. When you exercise on a treadmill or in an elliptical trainer, you are subjecting your body to steady-state aerobic exercises where your heart beats at the same rate all the way through the workout. This is great for fat loss, but there's one major problem: how many calories are burned during this type of workout?
The typical heart-rate monitor that is featured in high-end treadmills doesn't do a very good job of counting calories burned. In fact, some of them don't even work! Most of these devices are set up so that you simply plug them into an electrical outlet and use them in the comfort of your own home. But what they don't tell you is that the maximum heart-rate can be sustained only for a few minutes, after which the machine will need to be turned off and you will have to start your workout all over again. This is why it's pretty much pointless to purchase a heart rate monitor if you want to count calories and fat – it's just not very accurate and does not give you the kind of information you need to make good educated decisions about your running program.
Elliptical trainers and other kinds of electric running machines also tend to have large motors that are difficult to regulate. If you are running on a very incline or steeper gradient than the motor is designed for, your workout may be much longer than it needs to be. It is a good idea to turn the motor off when you're finished for the day if possible.
Running machines that provide both incline and low-stress workouts are available for home use. These can provide a healthy cardiovascular workout as well as helping with strength training. There is a range of home models of elliptical cross trainers and other fitness equipment that has a smooth-running mode and an incline mode. The incline mode helps burn more calories since it simulates jogging outdoors on an incline – so if you are not used to walking on an incline it could be quite a pleasant experience for the first few days. It's important to note however that some of these models do not come with an integrated calorie counter – in this case it's a good idea to invest in a calorie counter that will display your heart rate and other metrics during your workout.
When selecting a home treadmill, it's a good idea to research the features of the different models. Features such as how many joints per treadmills (pre-set, variable, fixed or varied) are extremely important and can be quite important when it comes to safety and comfort. Most running decks are made of rubber or composite and tend to be very comfortable to use. The treadmill deck size and weight should be carefully measured to ensure that the deck is easy to lift and transport to the running surface. Most models of exercise bikes come with a selection of pre-set workouts, such as speed, intervals, calorie burning and other routines. Some of the more sophisticated exercise bikes even offer resistance settings, which can be useful for more advanced exercisers.
It's important to ensure that the deck and the joints aren't too narrow, especially if you have narrow hips or feet. Some of the better models of exercise bikes have full dual action running machines that allow you to simulate jogging outdoors by adjusting the tension of the elliptical pedals. For safety reasons, ensure that the stride length is long enough to avoid hitting the deck or the rails of the treadmill, as this can injure both feet and ankles. Finally, don't forget to get an adequate amount of adjustment room so that you can make adjustments to the resistance settings without having to leave the exercise bike.