The elliptical machine has kept it's favorite-machine-in-the-gym status, especially among women, longer than other indoor cardio options. But it's not the end all be all fitness tool folks. Gigi mentioned in class at Mt Tabor recently that when a group of friends were all yammering about their elliptical workouts, they were shocked, and asked "Don't you workout?!" when she asked what exactly is "an elliptical".
Believe me, Gigi workouts out! She may not know what an elliptical is, but that's because she thinks outside the gym. She walks miles every day in her neighborhood and at Reed College, does resistance workouts 4x week, and squeezes pilates and circuit classes into her schedule as she can.
So, once again, when you want to get a workout that requires no driving to the gym, electricity, or expensive equipment, take it outside!
Oh, and just FYI, elliptical workouts are promoted as impact free, but we need some impact in our lives! Impact exercises help improve bone density and reduces the risk of fractures. Plus walking, jogging, jumping rope outside improves our balance. Most elliptical machines have handles on them that quite often we hang on for balance. Now I'll sound like my parents, but stand up straight! and work your core as you stand tall and exercise. Elliptical or not! ;-)