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GOPINTOS SparkPoints: (32,958)
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3/8/12 1:16 P

I was going to say something similar to MPLANE37 but would not have said it nearly as well :) Some days I just have more energy than others based on sleep, nutrition, or even the time of day, etc.

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3/8/12 8:32 A

Elliptical helps with cardio but not as much as jogging would. keep doing it it helps burn calories and try to do a bit of jogging

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,234)
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3/8/12 5:55 A

Energy level depends on (1) if you are eating enough calories for your workout level - that requires you to track your nutrition and exercise well in the trackers of SP, (2) if you are eating whole foods or not - junk food will deprive you of energy so you can't eat junk food except once in while if you must, (3) if you have taken enough rest and sleep - obviously your body needs to recover from the exercise otherwise it can't adapt to the increased demand, (4) if you are overexercising or not - that will make you sore and deprived of energy all the time, (5) if you are fighting a germ or not, (6) psychological factors. Take your pick.

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3/8/12 2:43 A

As you say, you are moving faster and upping the resistance. So it's definitely doing something for you.

Today at the park??? Maybe you were just tired from working out and needed a light workout day. Maybe you were using different muscles. Who knows? We all have days when we just aren't feeling it.

Try to remember the changes that you have seen. You ARE making progress!!! emoticon

DFREITAG4 SparkPoints: (10,895)
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3/7/12 11:27 P

I've started working out on the elliptical and can feel a difference in my energy level. When I started working out I was tired out much more quickly but now I seem to be able to go longer and feel like I have more energy.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (104,875)
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3/7/12 9:20 P

Elliptical improves cardiovascular fitness.

There are any number of reasons why you didn't feel more energetic when playing with the kids. One of which is specificity. You're on a machine, moving your legs in a non-impact manner...it's not necessarily going to make you feel better when moving your legs chasing children around.

ROADRUNNER2013 SparkPoints: (1,193)
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3/7/12 9:12 P

I have been working hard for the past month, with lifting weights, exercising with an Elliptical every day because it is low impact on my knees. I can see myself moving faster, and stepping up the resistance on it. I thought I was doing good, but then I went to the park to play with my niece and nephew and my energy level didn't seem to change from when I began working out? Does an Elliptical help a workout at all? Is it a slower process than jogging? I need help with this.... Anyone have any answers.

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