An elliptical machine is a type of exercise machine that is used to simulate stair climbing or walking while staying in one place.
The elliptical trainer is a machine designed to simulate cross-country skiing. It has two foot pedals that pivot around an ellipse, allowing you to work out your arms and legs at the same time.
Unlike running, elliptical machines have no impact on your joints so they are ideal for those with foot problems or knee issues.
Elliptical machines can also be used to vary the workout you are getting on your feet. They can be used for hard workouts to build muscle, or slow, easier workouts to burn fat. The benefits of ellipticals are many and all-encompassing.