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Conquering the Elliptical

29 Sep

When I started trying to lose weight, I really wanted to love the elliptical machine, but the opposite came true.  I hated it, absolutely hated it.  I couldn’t even stay on one for sixty seconds at the lowest level and elevation.  Tonight, after several weeks of getting in shape, I spent 33 minutes on an elliptical machine.  Even after a cool down, my legs were a little shaky, but it didn’t matter.  I was the victor.

So, is an elliptical machine better than a treadmill or vice versa.  Here’s what I think:

  1. Most elliptical machines allow you to exercise both your arms and legs at the same time.  This allows you for a more complete workout and typically lets you burn more calories per minute.
  2. Elliptical machines seem to be easier on your knees, heels, and hips than are treadmills.  This may depend on your exercise pace.
  3. Elliptical machines allow you to exercise in reverse, which might help you exercise different muscles.  I’ve yet to see a treadmill that runs in reverse.

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

1 Snackwell’s Protein Bar

2 Servings of Jambalaya

2 Servings of Tossed Salad

2 Cajun Meat Pies

1 serving of dried apples

1 ham and turkey sandwich on whole wheat

9 raisins

87 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin


33 minutes of walking

33 minutes on elliptical machine

50 crunches on ab machine

20 pushes on chest press