There are some days when you just don’t feel like doing cardio. Or you do, but your body is begging for something other than your usual cycling class or treadmill run. If these reasons resonate, or you’re just looking for a beginner-friendly way to get into high-intensity interval training (HIIT), consider hopping on the elliptical.
This quick and simple elliptical HIIT workout, for example, is a great go-to, no matter your level. The workout uses high-intensity intervals to get your heart rate up and your body working in a way that steady-state cardio simply doesn’t. What’s more, intervals on the elliptical are relatively gentle on your joints because the movement is low-impact. “Intervals on an elliptical are your best bet for . . . overall improvement of health while being very sensitive to injury prevention,” Kendall Wood, CSCS, an NASM-certified personal trainer, tells POPSUGAR.
Keep reading for more of Wood’s expert advice and a 20-minute elliptical HIIT routine you can start today.