Many exercise machines are on the market today. One known as the Exerciser 2000 Elite is a chi machine, which is retailed at $349.95. Some chiropractic offices, hospitals and massage clinic utilize this machine for their patients and clients, and it is also available for home use, according to OptimalHealth2000.com. The problem with this machine is that it is considered a passive aerobic exercise machine; if your primary goal is weight loss, the use of the Exerciser 2000 Elite will not help in achieving that goal.
The first Chi machine was invented by the Japanese scientist Dr. Shizou Inoue, and is called the Sun Ancon. After many years of research, he found that the body enhances the absorption of oxygen by moving the body side to side, in a figure eight motion, according to Chi Machine International. The Orient has practiced this type of movement for more than 200 years, and is primarily done by hand; the masseuse grabs the person's ankles and swings them side to side, which creates the same circulation throughout the body.
The Exerciser 2000 Elite machine works by lying down on your back and securing your ankles into the machine, according to OptimalHealth2000.com. It then gently moves the body in a figure eight motion, enabling the joints to loosen in the spine and hips, and further relax the muscles in the back.
Aerobic exercise increases your heart rate and in turn will burn calories. A faster heart beat increases blood flow to your lungs and muscles. MayoClinic.com notes that a person needs 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise; moving large muscles in your legs, hips and arms will make your heart beat faster, widen your blood vessels and deliver more oxygen throughout your body.
Passive Aerobic Exercise
The Exerciser 2000 Elite is considered a passive aerobic exerciser, because it does not increase the heart rate and does not create stress on the joints, like some aerobic exercise may do. The swinging motion helps loosen tight muscles in the legs, knees, hips and abs. For those people who are injured, and/or are looking for a low impact exercise, this machine may be beneficial, OptimalHealth2000.com notes.
Your body will not burn many calories on this machine because you are laying down, and the machine is making your body move. To burn calories your heart rate needs to elevate 75 percent to 80 percent of its normal heart rate. This can only be achieved with aerobic exercise,s such as walking, swimming, biking and anything else that raises your heart rate for at least 20 minutes.