Experient Health Suggests How To Select The Right Elliptical Machine

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Elliptical trainers are a popular option for aerobic exercise, especially leading into 2014 resolutions to get fit and healthy.

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Elliptical trainers are a popular option for aerobic exercise, Experient Health published this week in it Blog series on living well. As families prepare to work toward 2014 fitness goals, these trainers, which engage legs in a movement pattern that combines the motion of stair stepping with cross-country skiing for a low-impact workout, are a good option - especially when the right one is purchased.

Experient Health is the health insurance arm of the Virginia Farm Bureau and uses its living well blog series to educate families, individuals and the community on ways to stay healthy.

When purchasing an elliptical machine, Experient Health suggests looking for safety features.

"The control panel should be easy to read and offer information important for your fitness needs, like time, distance, resistance level and calories expended," Experient Health wrote. "Make certain the pedals will comfortably accommodate the size of your feet. Pedals with a textured, non-slip surface and high curved ridges will prevent your feet from sliding around or off the pedal when exercising."

Also, select a machine with a good overall fit that allows comfortable, smooth movement in an upright posture and without the chance of knees bumping into the console.

"The fixed hand-support rails should allow you to maintain a comfortable upright posture," Experient Health wrote. "If the machine provides upper body handles or poles, make sure that the handles are sturdy, easy to reach and that the hand grips are comfortable. Avoid trainers with upper body poles that limit your range of motion or cause contact with your knees."

The machine should be sturdy and should not move or have the tendency to tip over. The side rails should be sturdy and provide adequate balance.

"Exercise and healthy eating is a key component to living well," Experient Health wrote.

Read more about how to use an elliptical trainer safely in the living well Blog series.


For years, Experient Health, a Virginia Farm Bureau company, has helped people find the right insurance coverage and get the most for their health care dollars. The Richmond, Va.-based group is dedicated to providing high quality health insurance options to customers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. As a result, its consultants, with an average of more than 20 years experience, are intimately familiar with the states’ provider networks, products and regulations.

Representing the top national insurance carriers, Experient Health provides customers with multiple policy options designed to meet wellness needs and financial requirements.

Experient Health grew out of Virginia Farm Bureau and is a “hometown agency” in that it operates a network of more than 100 offices. However, it boasts the resources and technology of larger firms.

Consultants are available online, via phone and through their offices.

Learn more at http://www.experienthealth.com, utilize the online health insurance quote calculator or contact a consultant directly at 855.677.6580.

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