There are some days when you just don’t feel like doing cardio. We get that. That’s why we’re always looking for new ways to ramp up your workouts that won’t require more time, effort, or equipment — starting with this HIIT workout designed specifically for the elliptical. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started working out or you’re looking for ways to mix up an otherwise stale routine, this quick and effective elliptical workout can help you achieve your goals.
The workout uses high-intensity intervals to get your heart rate up and burn more calories than standard-issue cardio ever could. That’s because HIIT workouts kick-start your metabolism, helping you burn calories even after your workout is over, in what’s commonly referred to as the afterburn effect. What’s more, intervals on the elliptical are relatively gentle on your joints. “Intervals on an elliptical are your best bet for fat loss and overall improvement of health, while being very sensitive to injury prevention,” Kendall Wood, CSCS, an NASM-certified personal trainer, told POPSUGAR. Keep reading for more of Wood’s expert advice and a 20-minute HIIT routine you can start today.