I finally got off my ass and moved the elliptical out of the storage room into the main room of the basement, so I can use it while watching TV.. Started at 15 minute sessions 'cause it's been forever since I've used it, today I did 30 minutes, distance = 4.6 (miles? random units of distance?), calories = 180.
So, I've started doing cardio, and I have some questions about optimum performance using an elliptical...
Q: Is there any reason to use it more than once a day? For example, would I benefit from using it in the morning before work, and in the evening after work / after dinner?
Q: What's the optimal time? Am I better off doing 30 minutes, 45, 60, etc.. is there a point of diminishing returns?
Q: With 1 and 2 in mind, am I better off doing, for example, 30 minutes twice a day, or 60 minutes once a day?
Q: Given that my goal is to generally increase my level of fitness, improve my endurance, and get rid of some fat around my midsection, am I better off with a fast-paced, low-resistance routine, or a slow, high-resistance routine?
Q: My elliptical has various programs, including interval, various types of hills, and three target heart rate programs (60%, 75%, 85% I think). With the above goals in mind, what type of program is best for me?
Q: Are there any other things I should know or ask?