I consider this to be a beginning workout for the elliptical; it's mellow while working your entire body. If you're beyond a beginner level, this workout is a great complement to a strength-training session — I use it as my warmup.
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It might still be the weekend, but it's time to jump-start your fitness life after days off cooking, cleaning, and feasting. Rev up your metabolism with this 45-minute elliptical workout. Use the versatility of the machine to tone your legs, backside, arms (love the moving handles), and back while getting your heart rate up to burn some calories. We've even thrown a few intervals in to make the body work just a little bit harder.
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Aside from saving your knees, the low-impact elliptical can be a time-saver too, mixing a little strength training into your cardio. Hopping on a machine with moving handles means you can work your upper body; push the handles to work your chest more, and pull the handles with focus more on your back. Skipping the handles altogether gives you a chance to focus on your core. Just place your hands on your hips and keep the movement as smooth and steady as possible. And pedaling in both directions means you work both the quads and the hamstrings nicely.
Here's a half-hour workout that does all that, while getting your heart rate up too! Want to check it out?
If you love the elliptical, but need to freshen up your workout, you should try one of my four favorite elliptical workouts. I put them all on one printable page for your convenience. Just print this PDF, take it to the gym, and follow the workout of your choice. You can work your booty, do intervals, or use the boredom buster busy-body workout. Keep this sheet in your gym bag for those days when you know you need a workout but can't motivate to figure out what exactly to do. These workouts will help you have fun at the gym!