On the Elliptical

  • Use the handles to go for a total-body workout. Actively push and pull the handles — don't just hold on for support — to burn more calories and work your upper body while raising your heart rate.
  • Utilize the resistance. Making your muscles exert more effort is sure to yield a bigger caloric burn.
  • Watch your pace. The graceful motion of the elliptical can lull you into a slow pace, so make sure you're moving fast enough to get your heart rate up, which is about 140 to 160 strides per minute.
  • Include intervals, alternating between short periods of pushing your body to the max with recovery periods. Here's a 30-minute elliptical interval workout to try.

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