Our elliptical machine has pre-programmed workouts, 30 minutes each. Nice because I can start with one and work my way through harder levels. Bad because they seem to get pretty hard pretty quick.
No problem! I just don’t care what the machine tells me I SHOULD be doing, I do what I’m capable of.
The first time I did level 1 I thought I was going to die. No kidding. Now it looks like a walk in the park. But it took time to get there. A looooooong time. Like holding my abdominal muscles while working out on the elliptical. I seriously thought I would never be able to do it and then one day it just happened. Now it’s almost like I can’t exercise without holding them in!
I am currently on level 3. You may be thinking that’s not really much of a step but I spent a lot of time on level 1 playing with the resistance and ramp options. Which kind of made the workouts a little more fun when I could mix up the options mid-workout. If you can insert a little fun into your workouts do it. That’s why I started belly dancing in the first place, after all!
Maybe I’ll start on level 4 next week… I’ll let you know! 😉