Get Fit__ Are You Wasting Your Time On The Elliptical?

July 15, 2015 | By

Ellipticals really have a bad rep. Using one in the gym can get you deemed a “cardio bunny” who doesn’t really know how to work out. But is it justified? Are you really wasting your time on the elliptical?

The elliptical machine is really what you make of it. It has a reputation of being unchallenging, and this can definitely be true. You can set the resistance low and spend hours pedaling away without ever breaking a sweat. But if you want to get a good workout on the elliptical, you definitely can.

While the elliptical can feel easier than running on the treadmill even when you’re at max resistance, this is mostly because it’s lower impact. When your feet aren’t hitting the belt like they are on the treadmill, it doesn’t feel like you’re exerting as much effort, but this doesn’t mean you’re not getting just as good of a workout. Studies show that people are actually working harder than they think they are while they’re on the elliptical. Who doesn’t love a workout that feels easier than it really is?

The point of cardio is to get your heart rate up, which burns calories and fat. If you can successfully do this on the elliptical, then your cardio is effective. You can even do HIIT on the elliptical and get the same results as doing sprints on the treadmill. Just turn the resistance all the way up and pedal it out as fast as you can for 40 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds and repeat.

Besides the fact that the elliptical can give you an awesome workout, there are also other benefits to using it instead of the treadmill. If you don’t have the greatest joints, the elliptical is much easier on them than the treadmill. Most ellipticals also come equipped with handles that let you work your upper body at the same time as your lower body, burning more calories.

So don’t let anyone think you're too soft because you like your elliptical workouts.

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