Your body needs cardio, so try not to skip it. Cardiovascular workout is the base of every long-term weight loss. It burns calories, and brings your health to an optimal level.
Have you ever tried working on an elliptical trainer? I’s a low-impact cardio equipment for a high-intensity workout. For example, a 160-pound person can smash up to 825 calories within an hour.
In other words, you have to burn an extra 3,500 calories to lose a pound of your body fat. If you stick to losing 1-2 pounds every week, you can lose up to 20 pounds in 10 weeks. How amazing is that? But, remember, you should always consult your doctor before trying a new weight loss program or workout plan.
Elliptical trainer tips
Do elliptical workouts 5-7 days per week to lose 20 pounds or more. Experts at the American College of Sports Medicine say that doing daily sessions is the only way to get great results.
Stick to a moderate to high intensity during every workout. Your heart rate, intensity and calories have a “strong connection,” so try to respect it. Start off at a lighter intensity, but make sure you increase it gradually, especially if you are a beginner.
Aim for 30-60 minutes. Beginners can start with 10-minute sessions. If you need to burn calories and lose weight, increase your intensity, and go step by step.
Try varying your pace, resistance, and programs. Doing the same workout will accustom your body to the workout, and it will soon become a routine. Remember, routines don’t melt pounds.
Spice your elliptical workout with high-intensity interval training. Do a 5-minute warm-up at moderate pace, and boost the resistance, pace, and/or incline to maximum intensity for 30-90 seconds. Get back to “normal” (read “moderate”) intensity for 1-3 minutes. Alterations do miracles to your body!