Running, walking and stair-climbing are all effective cardiovascular exercises. An elliptical trainer simulates those activities, but in the comfort of a gym or home. An elliptical trainer provides a low-impact workout, so it’s ideal for people recovering from injuries or who suffer from joint pain triggered by more jarring exercises, like running. And you can customize the incline, speed, and resistance of the elliptical machine to continue challenging your upper and lower body. Here are a few hints about to help you get the full benefit of a workout on an elliptical trainer.
Standing upright engages your abdominal muscles, toning them along with arms and legs.
Stand tall. Be aware of your posture. Standing upright engages your abdominal muscles, toning them along with arms and legs.
Pull the arms. Most elliptical machines have moving arms. Be sure to actively push and pull the arms to maximize your workout.
Go backward. Do intervals of pedaling backwards so you work all of your leg muscles. Pedaling backwards also encourages you to distribute the pressure of the down stroke on your heels – instead of your toes. If you find your feet go numb after several minutes on the elliptical, you’re probably putting too much pressure on your toes.
Focus on the exercise. Many people haphazardly pedal the elliptical for 30 minutes while they watch TV or flip through a magazine, and they barely break a sweat. Adjust the resistance until you feel yourself working to move the pedals around. Without resistance, you’re just wasting your time, and you definitely won’t see results.
No matter how fit you are, you can do this simple 25-minute elliptical workout. Try it to discover for yourself how challenging and effective an elliptical workout can be.
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