Ellipticals or cross trainers are among the best cardio machines you can get. They offer the perfect balance of total-body resistance training and cardiovascular workout. They're low-impact, so you can build muscle and burn calories without risking your joints, as you would repeatedly slamming your feet onto the concrete over and over.
The best elliptical machines are a great way to lose weight, but especially so for first-timers. They can get quite expensive, but if you're looking for a stationary cardio machine, this deal on the Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Elliptical Trainer (opens in new tab) is perfect. Right now you can save $200 on the elliptical machine at Walmart, slashed from $699.98 to just $499.88.
Update: This deal has unfortunately ended.
Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Elliptical Trainer | was $699.88 | now $499.88 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $200 on the price of this magnetic elliptical trainer. With an in-built heart rate monitor and device holder, you can get stats while you train even without a separate fitness tracker. The 13. 2-pound flywheel can offer 16 levels of serious magnetic resistance, so you can choose from a tough uphill strength workout or a light, fast cardio burn. The 330lbs capacity makes it suitable for most first-timers.
Why get this elliptical machine deal?
As well as the in-built heart rate monitors in the handles, you can track your speed, time, distance, calories burned, rotations per minute, watt generation, heart rate, and computer-controlled resistance on the LCD display.
You can also pick from 24 in-built workouts on the Sunny machine, so you can opt for a slow, tough resistance-based climb, a light steady-state session in front of your favourite streaming service or a HIIT workout body blitz.
Elliptical machines are a great choice for toning your muscles while burning calories, improving your body composition. Especially your legs. Research from the journal Gait Posture (opens in new tab) found ellipticals "demonstrated greater quadriceps activity and greater quadriceps/hamstrings coactivation" than walking, treadmill running and cycling.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and News Editor at Fit&Well, covering all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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