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Do Air Walkers Keep You Fit?

By Ari Reid

Air walkers are designed much like elliptical or other machines that somewhat simulate a skiing motion and offer a total-body workout. Your feet never leave the pedals of an air walker, so there is no impact to your joints. But you constantly move the handlebars, providing some benefits to your shoulders, upper back and arms. Using an air walker can help you reach the American Heart Association's recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity.

Air Walkers for Fitness

Air walkers can provide easy, moderate or intense cardiovascular workouts, depending on how hard you work while you're on the machine. Using a heart rate monitor can help ensure that you stay within the target heart rate zone for improving your cardiovascular health. For a moderate-intensity workout, your heart rate should be between 50 to 70 percent of your maximum rate -- which is 220 minus your age. For a vigorous workout, increase your heart rate to 70 to 85 percent of your maximum. Unlike elliptical machines on which you can set the resistance to help build muscle, air walkers offer primarily cardiovascular benefits. However, you can gain some strength training benefits by adjusting your body position on the machine, such as standing on the balls of your feet to work your calves, or releasing the handlebars to focus on your leg muscles.

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