by Staff Writer
Home gym machines such as elliptical trainers can be a great way to work out your entire body if done properly. Read on to ensure you get the maximum workout with your home gym machine while avoiding injury.
Take a few minutes to warm up your muscles and increase blood flow. Stretch your entire body, holding each stretch for 20 seconds.
After ensuring that your sneakers are properly secured, place one foot on the lowest pedal of the trainer. With both hands on the handles, bring your other foot up to the second pedal.
If the elliptical trainer console requires you to enter information, such as height and weight, do so now. You may also select different programs, incline and level of intensity. It is generally a good idea to start easy and work your way up as you feel comfortable.
Place your hands on the handlebars and begin moving your feet in a forward motion. It may take a moment to get used to the feeling, so start at a slow pace.
Increase your speed to a walking pace. Continue walking for five minutes.
At this point, you can begin increasing levels on the console. Slightly increase the intensity if you feel you want to work harder.
Work at this level for 15 minutes. Focus on each muscle group to really engage them in the workout.
On the console, bring the intensity level back down to where you started. Cool down at this level for 3-5 minutes.
Let the machine come to a complete stop. Carefully step off of the pedals, using both hands to stabilize yourself.
Take a minute to stretch out your muscles.
Never push yourself to a level your body is not ready for. When increasing and decreasing levels of speed, incline and levels of intensity, pay attention and stay in control. Always wear good sneakers to remain stable and avoid injury.