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Elliptical Tips

As discussed in previous articles, running is a high-impact exercise that can take its toll on the body. It can cause knee, back and hip pain. But how do you incorporate cardio into your routine without hurting your joints? I recommend trying an elliptical machine as an alternative option.

The elliptical is a low-impact cardio machine that is easy on the joints. It is a great choice for people with foot problems. The elliptical provides a full-body workout and tone the muscles. It is also a good way to burn calories and stay healthy. The elliptical is a great choice for people who want to stay in shape and improve their health.

So, when it comes to cardio machines, it is pretty obvious that the elliptical reigns king, but many people shy away from them because they are unsure of how to use them or what the benefits are. In this article, we will discuss how to use an elliptical machine for maximum benefit and show you why they are one of the best machines out there!

Wear Proper Shoes

First and foremost, make sure that you have on the right shoes. By “right shoes” I mean wear a tennis shoe that is not flexible and has a well-cushioned sole for shock absorption. This will help decrease the impact to your knees. Some of my favorite tennis shoes are Brooks, Asics and New Balance. And remember, if you can roll up your shoe like a burrito, they are not good shoes for you.

Proper Positioning

The first thing you want to do when using an elliptical is to make sure that your feet are properly positioned. You should be standing with your heels on the pedals and your toes pointing outwards. This will ensure that you are getting a full range of motion and not putting unnecessary strain on your ankles or knees. If you’re unable to obtain proper alignment, contact us for help.

Pace Yourself

Next, you want to make sure that you are using a moderate pace. You should not be going so slow that you are not breaking a sweat, but you also should not be going so fast that you are out of breath. Find a happy medium and stick with it for the duration of your workout and increase it gradually as tolerated.


Finally, when you are finished with your elliptical workout, make sure to stretch your legs. This will help to prevent any cramping or stiffness that can occur after working out. If you need guidance on what kind of stretches you need to do, check out this YouTube video of me demonstrating several different stretching techniques.

So, there you have it! These are just a few tips to keep in mind when using an elliptical machine. Remember to start slow, use a moderate pace, and stretch afterwards for the best results. Your feet will thank you!