Since 1977, Bernie Mermelstein has served as CEO and owner of MZ Berger and Company (MZB), a maker of wearables and watches. In his free time, Bernie Mermelstein stays in shape by lifting weights and using the elliptical.
The elliptical’s greatest value for the user is exercising a number of major muscles at once. Properly used, it can strengthen quadriceps, glutes, calves, and hamstrings. Additionally, it works upper-body muscles such as those in the chest, arms, and back. Using the elliptical also helps cut back on mineral loss in weight-bearing bones.
An elliptical workout is easier on the feet than other methods, because feet remain in pedals instead of enduring impacts, as they would when running. Additionally, the workout session is quieter and more comfortable, and users can change their speed and the angle of the machine to burn more calories and work different muscle groups. Like any other exercise, using the elliptical may pay off in improved mood and immune system, as well as lower risk of diseases related to obesity.