Ask the Expert: Proper Use of an Elliptical

Tracy Littleman, an athletic trainer at the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion discusses proper use of an elliptical machine. A Local 12 viewer wrote in to ask about getting numbness in her feet while exercising, as well as experiencing some early nausea.

Combating Foot Numbness

Elliptical_200xOne way Littleman suggests avoiding foot numbness is to break your elliptical session into a series of shorter segments (a few minutes at a time). “But also, look at your foot placement on the elliptical,” she tells Local 12’s Liz Bonis. “If numbness or injury might occur, you need to look at how you’re standing on it.”

Exercise and Nutrition

Opting for lighter fare before exercising is typically the best pre-workout meal. “You know your body better than anybody, so listen to your body and how intense your workout is going – slowing down a little bit, but always looking out for any signs of overexertion. Signs of overtraining include:

  • Becoming overheated
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Learn more about general exercise tips in the Health Library:

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