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Ok, I am going on a business triop next week and plan on using the fitness room. I walk 3 miles every morning and it takes me an hour. I wont have that much time in the morning during thr trip because of seminars and conferances. So I was wondering if doing 3 miles on the elliptical is the same as doing 3 miles walking, even if I do the 3 miles on the eliptical in only 45 minutes? I will only have about 45 minutes I am guessing and I know i can do 3 miles on the elliptical in tha amount of time. I was just curious if its the same level as walking 3 miles in an hour.

Sat. Jun 23, 10:09am

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Good for you for planning ahead and carving out those 45 minutes while away on a trip! The good thing about the elliptical is that you can amp up the resistance and make the most of your 45 minutes. Is it the same? Depends upon what you're comparing, I guess, but the benefit of exercising for 45 minutes will do you good either way!

Saturday, June 23, 2007, 11:26 AM

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You may actually be working harder.

Saturday, June 23, 2007, 11:33 AM

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I super pump it out on the elliptical and I dont find it to hard either. I burn way more calories than if I were to have walked for 4 hours

Sunday, June 24, 2007, 2:57 AM

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The elliptical can be deceptive. If you don't use the resistance the machine offers - you are little more than a gerbil on a wheel and really not doing much except flailing your arms and legs. However you will really feel productive while you do! ;-) Now, if you bump up the resistance or better yet, use an interval program or ramp up to a very high resistance and back down and you can really get a killer workout. Poor form is fairly easy and can lessen the effectiveness of your workout, so make sure you are upright, abs tight and don't overextend your upper body if you are using one with the 'ski poles'. It's pretty easy to get your hips and body swaying from side to side and that's wasted motion that isn't helping your workout (nor is it good for your knees and hips), so focus on staying centered and imagine yourself moving forward and keep your whole body oriented in that direction.

I love the elliptical because it can provide a great low-impact, cardio workout, but you have to make sure you are making the most of it. I would continue to mix it up with walkig and any other exercise that you find interesting. Happy exercising!

Sunday, June 24, 2007, 1:18 PM

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