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40-Minute Busy-Body Elliptical Workout

Cardio Workout: Boredom-Busting 40-Minute Elliptical

The elliptical is an endlessly versatile piece of cardio equipment, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get boring. Bust through potential boredom on this joint-friendly machine by keeping busy. Anticipating changes in direction, speed, and resistance make this 40-minute workout fly by. Watching the strides per minute (SPM) count ensures that you maintain speed while giving you something to focus on. To work the core, go hands-free going at whatever speed helps you maintain your balance. And finally, going backward on the elliptical is a great way to work the back of the legs, which often need a little extra toning. All these components make for a fun and thorough workout. Check it out when you read more.

Time Resistance* Directions SPM**
00:00-5:00 3 Warm up 135-145
05:00-6:00 5 Forward 135-145
06:00-07:00 5 Backward
07:00-09:00 7 Forward/no hands
09:00-11:00 10 Forward/hands 135-145
11:00-13:00 6 Backward
13:00-15:00 8 Forward 145-155
15:00-17:00 6 Forward 145-155
17:00-19:00 8 Forward 155-165
19:00-21:00 6 Backward
21:00-22:00 6 Forward/no hands
22:00-24:00 10 Forward/hands 135-145
24:00-26:00 6 Forward 155-165
26:00-29:00 8 Backward
29:00-31:00 8 Forward 145-155
31:00-34:00 8 Forward/no hands
34:00-35:00 5 Forward/hands 145-155
35:00-40:00 3 Cool down 135-145


*Level = Amount of resistance
**SPM = Strides per minute

As always, if this is too easy or too hard, change the amount of resistance and the strides per minute. This workout was created on an elliptical with an incline of 20 percent, so set your machine to that to begin and adjust accordingly as needed.

Click here for an image-free printable copy of the workout to take to the gym! Have fun staying busy.

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