On the Elliptical
- Use the handles to go for a total-body workout. Actively push and pull the handles — don't just hold on for support — to burn more calories and work your upper body while raising your heart rate.
- Utilize the resistance. Making your muscles exert more effort is sure to yield a bigger caloric burn.
- Watch your pace. The graceful motion of the elliptical can lull you into a slow pace, so make sure you're moving fast enough to get your heart rate up, which is about 140 to 160 strides per minute.
- Include intervals, alternating between short periods of pushing your body to the max with recovery periods. Here's a 30-minute elliptical interval workout to try.