Hi, When I first got my elliptical I hated it, I bought it because I thought it gives a better workout than a treadmill. For a year it has sat gathering dust, until now. I finally got my lazy butt off the sofa, and use it. For someone my weight, it was hard doing even 3 minutes on it, now I am up to 25-26 minutes a day , 5-6 days a week. I think it is a great workout, if I had the $ I would probably get a treadmill , bike and bowflex to change over for variety.
I would suggest starting off slow,if you feel you can only do 5 minutes, or 20 minutes do that, and work yourself up until you feel you are doing a good workout without over doing it. I would like to eventually work up t to 35 minutes on the elliptical daily( I also use free weights , do some light aeropbics after my elliptical workout), but for now I am doing 25 and experimenting with resistance levels. Good luck with your elliptical and have fun!! Cheryl
When I am at 196 lbs I will no longer have a BMI of an obese women.