Written by Juliën

Losing weight with an elliptical

Walking is a great way to get your daily exercise and lose weight. The downside is that you're always dependent on the weather and your surroundings. That's not a problem if you "go for a walk" on an elliptical. It gives you control and reduces the risk of injury. When you have an elliptical at home, you decide when and how fast you'll walk. This piece of fitness equipment lets you make controlled movements as well as train your upper body. By training effectively, you can achieve significant results and actually lose weight with an elliptical. In order to achieve this, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Build up your workouts based on your level

Building up elliptical workouts

The first step is determining your own level. If you underestimate or overestimate it, you won't lose weight as quickly. In order to optimally burn fat on an elliptical, it's important that your workouts should always have the right intensity. It's important to build up the intensity of your workouts as you get fitter. An elliptical with a big range of resistance levels can help anyone, regardless of their level, work out at the right intensity. This offers the option of challenging yourself and improving your level of fitness. Intensifying your workout is mainly important if you want to keep achieving results in the long term as well.

Vary your workouts with training programs

Varied workouts on an elliptical

If you always do the exact same workout, your body will eventually get used to the repeated movements and intensity of it. By varying your workouts, your muscles are continuously challenged to keep improving. An elliptical that has different types of training programs, such as climbing, interval, or sprint programs, offers your body the variation it needs. It's also important that you should be able to vary between sufficient resistance levels in order to intensify your workout.

Train effectively using heart rate zones

Heart-rate training on an elliptical

In order to get the most out of your workouts, it's important to train as effectively as possible. The question is, how do you train effectively and how can you check if you're exercising effectively? Heart rate training programs were invented precisely for that purpose. They let you train based on your heart rate, in a specific heart rate zone that burns the most fat. This zone is between 60% and 70% of your maximum heart rate. Most ellipticals let you measure your heart rate using hand pulse sensors. Some of them also let you connect a heart rate chest strap. A chest strap measures your heart rate a little more accurately and is always connected to the console.

Conclusion

Losing weight on an elliptical is comfortable: it puts minimal strain on your joints, the chance of injury is very low, and you train your legs and upper body at the same time. Sounds simple enough, but do you really want to burn fat with an elliptical? Keep the following things in mind.

If you're aware of your fitness level, you can challenge your body from day 1. In order to continue this, you need an elliptical with sufficient training programs and resistance levels. That lets you intensify and vary your workouts. That last bit is important to prevent getting used to the exercise and continue to progress. In addition, it's more effective to use heart rate zones during your workout. Choose an elliptical that has heart-rate-controlled training programs to make you sweat optimally.


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