Elliptical Benefits

So boys and girls, for fun today, I thought we would discuss the benefits of the elliptical machine.

Let me state, I usually prefer to be out on the road and not on machines, but there are times and places for everything.

Sometimes I use it as a warm up for strength training, about 15-20 minutes to loosen my old body up. Sometimes I use it at the beginning and end with weight training in the middle, makes for a nice solid workout.

The other day though, I just felt like slamming out a serious cardio sesh so I did a little over an hour on it.

The thing I love about that? It gives me the same exhausted, sweaty,exhilarating feeling I can get with a solid run.

Which I’ll take, since running is off my plate for now. 😑

It’s not all fun and games

In the comparison of running to the elliptical it works like this for me :

First 10 minutes on it…..”Oh my word, are we done yet? Why am I doing this??”

20 minutes in…..sweat has been free flowing for awhile, I’m keeping a steady pace, thinking “ok maybe I’ll do 30 minutes ”

35 minutes in, all of my favorite metal music in my ear, I’m totally in my zone thinking “hey I’ll just do 45 minutes….”

40 in, “I forgot how amazing this feels, I’ll stop at 50”

Then…..I’m hitting that hour mark….

Sweat in my eyes, blinded by it, heart strongly pumping, breathing hard because I’ve gone all out in the last minutes……

There is something so therapeutic about it, something cleansing and satisfying in the work of it.

Ok…but admittedly I’m a weirdo and you may not get the same sick thrill from it I do.

But can I share some positive benefits of tackling it for any time period?

Benefits of elliptical training

It can aid weight loss. A 30 minute session can burn between 150-400 calories.

It’s low impact. So if you have any joint issues it is a perfect non impact exercise that can pack a good cardio punch.

Offers a whole body workout. Not only using the stepping motion for lower body but using handle levers that work with the upper body give a total body workout.

A big boost for your cardio health. Love it or hate it, cardio exercise benefits your heart and lungs, strengthening them so they can do their work more efficiently with less work. Spending 20 -30 minutes on the elliptical will greatly help your heart.

Improves cardio stamina. A high intensity session of 15 minutes or moderate for 30 minutes will greatly improve cardio stamina. Building yourself up will also allow you to have more stamina in other exercises.

Helps to improve balance and mobility. Elliptical trainers are good for conditioning your body for better balance and mobility.

The Elliptical trainer workout also helps improve blood circulation. Better blood circulation helps maintain oxygen flow to all parts of the body. It boosts immunity, reducing the risk of diseases and chronic sickness. Good circulation also keeps the vital organs healthy and helps improve sleep quality. It also reduces your skin and hair issues.

Spending just 5 minutes on the elliptical machine can help you feel less stressed. That’s because exercising releases serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone. Serotonin has blood pressure-lowering or antihypertensive effects.

Doing low-intensity or moderate-intensity elliptical workout every day can have a positive effect on hypertension. However, you must consult your doctor if you are taking medicines for hypertension or have undergone major surgery.

Elliptical exercise is weight-bearing. This means your muscles and bones need to work to push the pedals. This causes muscle wear and tear, which is good for building stronger muscles and bones. This workout is great for people with osteoporosis and those with a high risk of fracture.

There you have it! Some positive and beneficial reasons to try out and implement an elliptical into your fitness routine.

Now your turn, have you tried one before? What is your take on it?

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Sassyfitnesschick

8 years ago I began what I now refer to as my "journey into lifestyle fitness". After a yearly check in with my Dr he said I looked "really good on paper, but I might consider losing a few pounds" I wasn't offended... I knew I needed to but it seemed like to much work at the time. In that year we had adopted 2 girls out of foster care, plus caring for my 3 sons & husband sort of left me on the back burner taking care of "me". I told him I "used to" walk & he encouraged me to at least get back to that. I left his office that day, started, & never quit. As time moved on my walks increased in length & speed. I started mingling some jogging into it...then after more time some short sprints. One day I realized I was doing more running than anything else. I learned to run longer and farther. I constantly challenged myself to do more. I realized I had turned into a runner & was loving it. I have since run 6 half marathons, 2 full marathons, and my first 50K scheduled for March 1,2015. Not bad for a girl who just started off walking not quite 2 miles! My body was now beginning to show the results of my work as weight & inches dropped off. I began to add in boxing & weights on days I wasn't running. Over time as the fat left, my new muscles were waiting underneath =) Obviously, I also made some food changes. Nothing drastic..just started eating less and trying to eat better.. I hated diets and how they made me feel....deprived & left out of all the fun...so adjusting & eating less of what I liked and moving more.. I found myself getting in decent physical shape. It began my thinking of lifestyle and not "dieting". As I got stronger,healthier & more fit it was an easier process to "let go" of some of the foods I had enjoyed. I had more energy, strength and confidence in what I could do. It was empowering. It made me realize that I probably wasn't the only one who wanted to lose weight, be healthy & strong but not always be on some sort of "diet". Maybe my journey & what I had learned & been doing might possibly help others to success in their lives... I consider myself to be rather normal and ordinary ( meaning I haven't always been into fitness and healthy eating) it has been a steady, daily, learned process with good days and bad days and my hope is that you too, will see the greatness in you, and that you have the ability and power to change and do anything you put your mind to. If you want change, you can make it happen. It's just one day at a time, making smart moves and better choices, and before you know it, things are happening. Get started on your journey, really, what do you have to lose ? And yet, so much to gain =)

3 thoughts on “Elliptical Benefits”

  1. It was one of my Go To machines when I used to hit the gym. Now that I “order in” on my health and fitness, I’m down to free weights of all shapes and sizes, a stationary bike and a foam roller.

    So the closest I can come to talking on your elliptical is my bike. Which is great for me. It’s a pick me up on non running days and a cool down savior after a run. I swear by it.

    Looking good mama. Hope you and yours are well.

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