There are a lot of things to do on an elliptical besides just going foward. Backwards is different, like one person said. Crank the resistance and really challenge yourself. Your body won't see that coming! Stand on one pedal and then 'row' back & forth with one arm; it's great for toning and it'll tire your arms out for sure. When going forward or backward, squat down and go as long as you can. Feel the burn, lol. As long as you push yourself on the elliptical, it'll work for you.
Your body gets more efficient (ie. burns fewer calories) at any activity it does regularly. If the elliptical is your dominant form of exercise, you are probably not burning as many calories now as you might have when starting out.
Of course, even if you aren't burning as many calories as a newbie might, you are still burning more calories than if you don't exercise.
Cross training with some different forms of exercise will give you a more balanced all-round fitness, and help you get more bang for your exercise buck.
You don't have to give up the elliptical, but you may want to consider at least experimenting with some different forms of exercise to find some others that you do enjoy.
After I started running I thought I could never go away from it. Now, I'm just bored with it and have started Insanity I LOVE it, and do not miss running (yet).
Eventually you might want to try something new. If not, no biggie. Enjoy!
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88 2/27/13 9:59 P
And another way to change things up a bit... instead of "running" forward one morning go backwards instead :D It targets a different set of muscles.
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If the elliptical is your thing... keep it going. I agree with GRATECIELLA's comments. You will naturally find ways to shake it up a bit... more time, interval training, random programming. Every little bit helps... and you are definitely moving in the right direction!
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I would absolutely agree that if you love the elliptical, you should do that! As you continue with Spark, maybe you can find ways to switch it up by doing intervals or different programs on the elliptical -- or you may even find other types of activity you enjoy. Maybe a bike ride when the weather gets better where you are?
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I use my elliptical first thing in the morning for 10 minutes. They say not to get in a rut and do the same exercises every day but I love my elliptical. I figure 10 minutes of any kind of exercise is better than not doing any exercise.
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