Our modern day civil society is more concerned with development. But with the focus solely on economy this outlook or attitude has been mostly a blinkered affair. Despite the tall talks about lifestyle, the aspect of health or in other words being fit as a fiddle seems to have taken a back seat in the […]
Our modern day civil society is more concerned with development. But with the focus solely on economy this outlook or attitude has been mostly a blinkered affair. Despite the tall talks about lifestyle, the aspect of health or in other words being fit as a fiddle seems to have taken a back seat in the overall QLI (quality of life index). Of course, this could be attributed to dearth of open spaces like public parks and gardens, playgrounds for sporting activities and above all the sedentary type of living that we are compelled to lead.
Thus obesity, heart ailments and assorted physical disorders have become the order of the day. Nonetheless, one need not lose heart over the lack of venues and avenues to remain hale and hearty. Today, you can experience and enjoy benefits of jogging, workouts and long strolls etc. even in the absence of recreational opportunities, courtesy certain fitness aids like the cross trainer machine. Resembling a stationary bike parked on its stand, it functions like a treadmill but with numerous additional advantages.
One can have it at home even if there is no gymnasium in the neighbourhood. Even otherwise, out in the open, the atmosphere is so much polluted that a person tends to feel allergic and nauseated. In such a scenario, this indoor system offers the same effective results of jogging and performing varied workouts in the open to shed weight, blow off steam and burn out calories for a refreshed mind and body.
Also known as an elliptical cross trainer or X-trainer, this machine is a stationary exercise system. As per the desired or prescribed settings, it literally simulates acts of climbing the stairs, walking briskly and even running with no strain on the joints. So it is also ideal for those with weak or injured limbs. And wonder of wonders, an X-trainer offers a perfect cardiovascular workout ranging from light to high intensity impact depending on the model and the programmed speed of the pedal and the roller ramp.
Another advantage in this system is that it could be operated either manually by the exerciser or through external power that also energises the inbuilt electronic consoles and resistance systems. The person using this machine grips the handrails in a smooth controlled motion, striding either in a forward or reverse motion, working through a full natural range of movement smoothly and continuously.
An X-trainer is operated with the legs while the oscillating handles are synchronised with the motion of the pedals for a harmonious workout of both the upper and lower limbs. Although over the past decade and half, these machines of Indian make are available in the market, most of the gymnasia and health clubs opt for the imported models. There are some authorised dealers for these machines of foreign make which reportedly have several exclusive features incorporated in their design.
The Delhi NCR based Cardio Fitness is one among the importers of such X-trainers. For instance, it has three versions suitable for both the gym and the home. These machines also boast of value-added facilities like iPod and video screen for an element of preferred entertainment while doing the workouts.