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VIKINGSMOMDE SparkPoints: (21,504)
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12/12/12 11:27 A

I had the same problem as you! My solutions were to every now & then wiggle my toes, move my feet slightly back out of the toe block, and push through my heels. I also worked in reverse for a couple minutes every ten minutes or so. Problem solved!

Good luck - it's not fun when the numbness hits.


HEALTHY_42 SparkPoints: (17,418)
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12/12/12 9:48 A

Thanks for all of the responses. I do tend to tighten my shoes pretty tight, so I think loosening them a little prior to jumping on the elliptical may solve the problem. Also maybe doing 30 minute sets instead a full hour at a time will bring back some of the circulation.

SPARK_JO SparkPoints: (20,028)
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12/12/12 1:27 A

I was going to answer something about the shoes being too tight emoticon .

Especially with elliptical, they can be a bit loose and you don't risk twisting anything anyway, because you're not lifting your feet off the "pedals" anyways.

AMANDALOVE0525 SparkPoints: (1,605)
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12/11/12 12:37 P

The "Ask the Expert" answer is a good one. The part about lacing your shoes a little looser is definitely true. I find that my feet swell a little more when I do the elliptical than when I do other exercises and lacing my shoes differently helps. Also, listening to pumped up music gives me a little bounce in my step that helps me vary the pressure I put on my feet while doing the elliptical machine.

MINDBEND SparkPoints: (25,087)
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12/11/12 12:02 P

I find that when my feet get numb, my shoes are tied too tightly. Try loosening the laces a bit.

HEALTHY_42 SparkPoints: (17,418)
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12/11/12 10:57 A

Thank you Coach Jen!! Understanding why this happens and what I can do to relieve some of the numbing effect will make my elliptical workouts more enjoyable.

Cheers, Winnie

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,201
12/11/12 10:26 A

Here's an Ask the Expert that explains why that happens:

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=90


Coach Jen

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,366)
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12/11/12 10:02 A

I'm just guessing, but maybe you're on the elliptical for too long. I really have no idea.

HEALTHY_42 SparkPoints: (17,418)
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12/11/12 9:55 A

I love using the elliptical when I do a gym workout, but I do have a problem once I hit the 45 minute mark.....My feet become numb!! Does anyone else suffer from this issue? Can anyone tell me what I might be doing wrong to have this issue? I really would appreciate any feedback because I love using the elliptical.

Cheers, Winnie

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