I'm no pro and not that experienced on the elliptical, ie. It has not been a primary tool for me, though I do see many advantages with them.
The treadmill has been my first or most used tool lately, though I am attempting to plug-in to the elliptical at least every other day.
My minimum calorie burn count has been ~250 and the max has been about 600, but did not go for long durations. I had set the machine for a lot of resistance which is "easier" on my bod, muscles and joints, AND I can tolerate the increased resistance than I can tolerate more speed than what I'm already doing. Besides the fact that the resistance is greater work, therefore a greater calorie burn and that is the direction that I want to go.
I see some folks put minimum resistance and highest rate of revolutions. That is not the direction that I favor personally, ( but to each their own, or whatever ).
My primary aerobic activity and burn at present (the last two and a half months) has been the treadmill with a 5.5% incline being the minimum. I've clearly noted that the incline setting has a much greater effect on the rate of burn, than does the speed setting. I therefore have backed off on the speed overall so that I can maximize my efforts and time on bouts of my max incline work outs.
That's my story and I am sticking to it . . . at least until I change my methods and madness abouts.
I wear a heart rate monitor and I have never burned more than 350 calories in an hour on an elliptical. However many things, as previous noted, go into play. My cardiovascular endurance is high. My resting heart rate is 56 bpm. It takes a lot for me to burn calories. You are moving - that is what is important!
Rhonda, Simpsonville, SC
Half Fanatic #2946
Omaha Half Marathon 9/23/12: 2:12:20 (PR)
Girls On The Run 5K 11/19/11: 27:56 (PR)
Apple Blossom 10K 4/30/11: 59:27 (PR)
current weight: 131.4
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Hi, you have definitely gotta be doing many things very well to be living your life as you are in meeting obligations/commitments and unanticipated and un planned circumstances PLUS getting back on track for your own conditioning and health! Congratulations all the way around!
I don't know but that it might be like comparing apples to oranges ... different people, lifestyles, commitments. However for myself I attempt to use the treadmill as my basic activity that I do five or six days per week (unless I get that action hiking about outside under similar times vs. distances). My base or minimum at present is 60-65 minutes.
My preferred time period or time of day for pushing mileage / time / calorie burn, is early morning. When I was tracking well and in the groove, I was getting an hour or more in the early AM and then doubling back in the PM to just get out and move about some, not pushing for extended time nor distance, but rather to round out or end the day nicely. I seemed to get my best progress in training and conditioning when able to hit the pavement or treadmill at both ends of the day.
I hope that this is what you were inquiring about and that it might be of some interest or help to you. When I have started up in the past it'd initially be 10-15 minute blocks and eventually I'd be doing that several times a day. Eventually I'd place those blocks of conditioning side by side and extend the work out periods as tolerated.
If interested I'd share my "perfect weekly work-out routine". About a month and a half ago I was able to put that together and run it for about three weeks. Hoping to get back to that place again soon.
Best wishes in your endeavors ... you are doing great.
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