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Should You Get An Elliptical Trainer

Elliptical trainers can be very efficient when it comes to helping you lose weight. These wonderful work out machiens are a cross between a bicycle, treadmill and stair climber and you can easily burn 500 calories in about forty minutes.



The problem with treadmills and stationary bicycles is that they only exercise the lower part of the body. One of the major benefits of using an elliptical trainer is that it allows ou to exercise the upper body and the lower body at the same time.  Most trainers come with ski pole like attachments that help you give your entire arm a workout. Many people vary which muscles are used by placing their hands in different positons on the ski pole part of the handle bars.



Working out on a elliptical trainer is a chance to improve your heart. The more your heart is worked the stronger it gets. This helps reduce your risk of getting a heart tattck, heart disease or a stroke. You can really reduce your risk of a heart attack.



Raising your heart rate by working on an ellipitical trainer can also help increase yoru metalbolism and speed up  your heart rate. Elevating these two physical factors is one sure way to peel off the pounds. Once you have raised your heart rate by working out for twenty minutes on the elliptical trainer you will continue to burn calories more efficiently for horus afterwards.


Elliptical exercise requires little skill. You simply put your feet into the foot pedals and begin pedaling, as your hands hold onto the moving handlebars. When you stop pedaling, the machine stops, too!



Most decent elliptical workout equipment comes with preset programs from which you can choose a workout routine. You can also adjust the incline level to increase the intensity of your workouts.



In addition to reducing your chance of heart problems and helping you shed those extra inches, elliptical training also strengthens and tones muscles in your legs and arms. The back and abdominal muscles also become stronger. You look better and you feel better!



You do not have to take much time out of your day to start seeing results on your body. Just twenty minutes a day on an elliptical trainer can help get you get back in wonderful shape.  You can simply hop on the trainer and keep on using it while watching television. Many elliptical trainers also have work out programs built right in!


National Cancer Institute Guidelines for Exercise

In June 2010 a panel of thirteen researchers who are cancer experts came up with guidelines for exercise for cancer patients and survivors.  The panel was formed to develop guidelines on exercise that were safe and effective. This is because there are currently over twelve million cancer survivors in the United States in need of advice!



Exercise is currently recommended for patients with breast, prostate, colon, gynecologic, and hematologic cancers, which pretty much covers all cancers.



The group was formed because the benefits of exercise were well documented for a number of cancers. In nearly all types of cancer, exercise was found to help with issues such as fatigue and physical functioning.  These are factors that can directly influence the quality of your life. The guidelines wren also formed because it was discovered that patients on chemo or radiation could actually accomplish a lot more than anyone ever thought.



This panel also found that exercise was absolutely essential for a person’s self esteem. This is especially true with individuals who have had surgery that alters their appearance. Activity can improve the person’s body image.  This is because changes in body composition are so typical with these types of cancers.  Gastrointestinal, head and neck cancers can cause severe body wasting and exercise can help survivors of this type of wasting get their sense of self back and just feel more confident.



breast cancer can cause weight gain. In these cases the exercise can be useful for losing the pounds (sometimes caused by the drugs that are prescribed.)  Breast cancer patients often need to build more body mass and lose some fat.



The idea that people undergoing chemo and radiation should be exercising rather than resting full time in bed is relatively new. At the NCI, which of course is a huge government operation, they are busy trying to figure out how physical activity can be integrated into cancer treatment and into the daily lives of survivors. Plans are also in the works for training professionals so that they can provide cancer-specific recovery. It is also being suggested that more exercise studios should be in hospitals and that mass workout sessions be part of oncology units. Investigations are also being made into the effectiveness of yoga and other gentler forms of exercise on cancer recovery.



There is no harm in making attempts to be fitter, whether that means taking a walk several times a week or going out to a gym to get some real training from a fitness professional. The idea is that once you do get our body in motion, you will start getting better; a fact that is being now well recognized by medical communities all over the world including the National Cancer Institute.