What kind of cardio exercise machine is good for you? Here’re our top tips for choosing the right exercise machine based on your goals and preferences.
We know, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the array of exercise machines available on the market today. One of the questions we often get asked by our customers is what exercise machines would be suited for them and how can they improve their exercise experience.
Obviously, it all depends on your goals, whether you’re looking to lose weight, get fit or just be healthier – cardio machines are a great starting point that offers number of health benefits. Just to name a few, it helps you to lose weight, helps to reduce the risks of heart attack, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure. It makes you feel good, improves your sleep patterns and even helps with depression and anxiety.
Before you choose a cardio machine, we would recommend figuring out first what kind of activities you would like to do as each machine will fit different personalities.
Here, we have listed our top cardio exercise machines and important tips to consider in order to enjoy your workouts:
The rowing machine is one of the most effective cardio machines, which involves all muscle groups and provides a full body workout. Rowing machine exercises targets your core, chest, biceps, forearms, hamstrings and quadriceps. It also brings a lot of benefits to your health that includes burning more calories, strengthening and toning your muscles as well as providing low impact cardio exercise that gives minimal stress on the joints. Rowing machine also helps to improve heart and lung function. It’s a great way to get fit whilst having a fun!
The treadmill is an amazing cardio machine if you’re training for a race or trying to lose weight. As opposed to outdoor running, treadmill is a far safer exercise for the joints. Running for just 20 minutes at 10 km/h will burn around 229 calories. You can burn even more calories on a treadmill by following high intensity (HIIT) exercises.
However, if you feel that running is not your cup of tea, you can choose a walking activity instead. To make it more challenging and boost your heart rate, you can speed it up or increase the incline.
When purchasing a treadmill, we would advise to look for a commercial treadmill as it will last longer. Commercial treadmills offer a strong motor and a long and wide belt enough for your stride.
Elliptical / Cross Trainer
Ellipticals are great machines for a full-body and low-impact workouts and also great if you’re struggling with balance. If done correctly, cross trainers provide minimal impact on the knees, hips and ankle joints as compared to other cardio machines such as treadmills.
Another benefit of elliptical trainers – it will require less maintenance and service as it hasn’t got any belts, motors and rollers.
Cyclists are known for having amazing legs and it makes sense because of the amount of impact involved in the major muscle groups that support the back, leg, thigh and hamstring muscles. Exercise bikes are also very efficient way to burn calories and lose weight. Riding a bike for just 30 minutes can burn up to 300 calories.
Steppers / Climbers
Stair climbers are great for toning the lower body, strengthening the core and provides a great cardio workout so helps to burn a lot of calories. It’s easy on your joints and is suitable for all fitness abilities and levels.
Anyone can use stair climbers as they are very user-friendly and completely impact-free.
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