Since I’ve been unable to do my usual running mileage for the past 2.5 months, I’ve been finding ways to mix up my workouts. More yoga, time on my bike trainer, strength training and the elliptical. Elliptical running isn’t technically the same as road running but I’ll take what I can get right now. Injured runner’s can’t be choosers, right?
The elliptical is one of the closest pieces of equipment that mimics running. With no impact on your joints, it’s a great tool to use if injured or giving your body a break from running a few days a week. A study from the UW – LaCrosse found that “heart rate and oxygen consumption on an elliptical trainer were virtually identical to running, but impact force was less.”
The elliptical, like any piece of cardio equipment, can be a little b-o-r-i-n-g. Last week I came up with this elliptical sprint workout. The resistance and spm (strides per minute) change often to keep interest and make the time fly.
I’m hoping that spending some time “sprinting” on the elliptical will mean maintaining some level of my running fitness during time off from higher mileage. That would truly be marvelous (thanks Katie for hosting!).
Elliptical – love it, can’t stand it, or tolerate it?
Do you feel like you get similar benefits from the elliptical as running?