An elliptical is a machine that is used to stimulate exercise such as running or walking. It has pedals like those of a bicycle that you are supposed to push into. It also has handle bars that you are to hold on to. These kinds of exercises (walking and running) do not cause too much pressure to the joints thus reducing the risk of injuries. By running or walking, as the elliptical is meant to make someone do, one burns calories.
A variety of elliptical machines give you information about your workout by showing the calories you have burned. They also show your heart rate. The numbers of calories you burn depend on your weight and height, and how long you do the exercise at what intensity. Point to note is that the more intense the workout, the more the calories burnt.
First of all to be sure that you burn more calories on an elliptical machine, you need to:
- Buy a best elliptical machine
- Choose the settings that are right for your body size.
- Increase the resistance settings on the machine
- Focus on your workout, for example by listening to music as you engage in the exercise.
- Set goals on how long you want to work out at a particular time.
To make sure that the elliptical shows the correct calories that you have burned: make sure you enter your weight, height or rather, enter your necessary information on the machine. Do as much resistance as you can on the machine. Change directions; you could paddle going forwards or backwards and keep changing it.
Do NOT exercise until you cannot feel your feet anymore; you only end up hurt. Work out your upper half just as much as you are doing with your legs. That is to say, include your arms and even stomach in the entire workout.