OCTOBER 26, 2023 | 3 Mins Read
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Cardiovascular health is crucial, but what if your knees scream in pain at the mere thought of running or hopping?
When it comes to keeping your knees safe while working out, elliptical machines are your best bet. For those battling arthritis, these stationary devices are not just exercise equipment—they're key for a more comfortable and efficient fitness regimen.
Those with arthritis are well aware of the challenges they face. Maintaining a balance between staying active and not aggravating their condition can be tricky. Those with arthritis in the lower body can count on elliptical machines for two top benefits: strengthening the muscles and improving cardiovascular health, all the while minimizing joint strain. Here are other reasons why you should add an elliptical session to your routine today:
Unlike running outdoors or on a treadmill, elliptical machines are designed to minimize jarring motions. Your feet stay anchored, effortlessly gliding, mimicking a running motion minus the intense impact.
Focusing on the elliptical can strengthen the muscles surrounding your knees. This not only offers relief but also minimizes the stress on your joints, potentially reducing cartilage deterioration.
Elliptical workouts inherently exert less strain than many other cardio exercises, such as outdoor running or even treadmills. And, compared to rowing machines? Ellipticals tend to be the gentler option.
Ellipticals aren't just for fitness. They're popular tools in rehabilitation, especially for those combating knee issues or arthritis. Beyond the knees, they can be helpful for general lower back and hip concerns, including post-surgery scenarios.
Unlike traditional walking or jogging, where one foot is always off the ground, elliptical training ensures both feet are consistently on the platform. This design makes less of an impact on the knees, which means more stability and less stress.
Using a treadmills might increase the pressure on your joints due to the lifting motion. Using an elliptical, on the other hand, makes for a more fluid, stress-reduced workout.
Does less joint stress mean a less effective workout? Science says no. The energy you use on an elliptical is almost the same as running on a flat treadmill. Ellipticals are also versatile: you can adjust the speed and resistance, targeting specific muscles. For example, moving forward on the elliptical works out the front of your legs. Moving backward works out the back of your legs.
But, ellipticals aren't the only way to exercise when you have arthritis. Make sure you complement your elliptical sessions with other exercises, like strengthening and flexibility routines to boost your joint health and improve your mobility.
To make the most out of your elliptical experience, consider the following:
Ellipticals have many benefits, but using them wrong can cause problems. Make sure you don’t make these mistakes when on the elliptical machine:
Each elliptical has a set way of moving or "stride length." If it doesn't match how you naturally walk or run, it can be uncomfortable. If you run into this problem, pause your workout and ask the gym staff to adjust the stride of your machine.
Ellipticals let you easily adjust how hard or fast you work out. But if you don't like sudden changes, picking a manual setting might be better for you.
While ellipticals help work out your knees and hips, using only them can make some muscles stronger than others. It's a good idea to mix in other exercises for a balanced workout.
Using knee compression sleeves during an elliptical workout can offer added support and stability, especially for those with weaker knees. These sleeves promote better blood circulation, potentially reducing post-workout swelling. They also keep the knee joint warm, leading to more flexibility and a reduced risk of strains.
Some users also find pain relief with compression sleeves, which creates a more comfortable exercise experience. The sleeves can also heighten proprioception, helping you maintain better form during your workouts.
The Koprez Knee compression sleeve is a form of compression garment ideal for elliptical machine workouts for several reasons:
The Koprez knee compression sleeve is uniquely suited to optimize elliptical workouts, ensuring safety, comfort, and style.
In conclusion, elliptical machines present an unparalleled blend of joint-friendliness and fitness efficacy. If you're looking for an optimal workout experience, especially with arthritic concerns, it's time to embrace the elliptical magic. Your joints—and overall health—will undoubtedly express their gratitude.
Claire Evans worked as the content marketing manager at Koprez. Claire combined a background of writing and editing, marketing, and patient education to best serve consumers, fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and anyone who relies on the Koprez brand for helpful information.
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