5 Things You Need to Know About Using An Elliptical To Tone Thighs

Running is great exercise. It tones your legs, buttocks, helps you lose weight and burn calories. But, everybody will tell you that running's really hard on your knees, back, hips, ankles and other joints. Most runners end up having to give the sport up over time because of its affect on their joints. It's simply too hard on your body. Elliptical machines, though, are just as beneficial as running without the risks. That's because they take the stress off your joints--there's no harsh impact on pavement. The elliptical trainer burns a major amount of calories and is a great way to cross train without hurting your body.

A woman is using an elliptical machine. (Image: Saklakova/iStock/Getty Images)

Running is great exercise. It tones your legs, buttocks, helps you lose weight and burn calories. But, everybody will tell you that running's really hard on your knees, back, hips, ankles and other joints. Most runners end up having to give the sport up over time because of its affect on their joints. It's simply too hard on your body. Elliptical machines, though, are just as beneficial as running without the risks. That's because they take the stress off your joints--there's no harsh impact on pavement. The elliptical trainer burns a major amount of calories and is a great way to cross train without hurting your body.

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