Elliptical Machine Problem
I am a
5'10" 150 pound woman and my goal is to be healthy and fit.
about the same time that I noticed my hips were getting tighter and tighter (I'm
harder to rotate (mostly adduct, by abduct too) and I also felt the tightness
while walking as each leg fully extended behind me.
that this can be caused by using an elliptical trainer machine with a stride
length that is too short for me. This never occurred to me.
ask my gym if they could adjust the machines but they have limited knowledge.
true? If so, if they are not adjustable, is it contraindicated to go every day
and/or to ride for an hour instead of 30 minutes?
then even worse to hit the weight machines? These are only exercised I've been
able to do without damage to my knees.
I'm shocked I can do the pre-programmed workouts on the ellipticals without
considerable knee pain.
shouldn't look to buy a used one for my house?
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and posture problems before anything further.
There are 2 types of elliptical machines. Some have handles for your
arms to push and pull while others do not. Some elliptical machines have a
ramp (incline) adjustment and some do not. Some have both and some have
You did not specify which one your are talking about. If the elliptical
machine has an incline adjustment and you set it at the highest level your will
have a longer stride than if it was at a flat level.
You can also experiment with your foot placement to increase or decrease
stride length on most elliptical machines.
The issue of your muscles tightening up should not be an issue in your
decision as any muscle that tightens up can be statically stretched to lengthen
it back out.
If your muscles are becoming tight as a result of your activity of the
elliptical machine, you should perform static stretching for the effected
muscles directly after your cardio training sessions.
Your knee problems could be a result of your muscle imbalances in your hips,
legs and core also. Thirty minutes per day on the same machine is probably
not the best idea for your knees.
Our bodies can become accustomed to repetitive motions rather easily and if
you do not perform the proper static stretching to lengthen out your problematic
tight muscles you will only worsen your existing knee condition.
You may want to look into the brand new arch trainers in which your feet
travel in an arch instead of an ellipse.
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