Cardio refers to light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism that can be performed for extended periods of time. Cardio equipment is used to condition your heart through aerobic workouts that involve increasing your heart-rate and blood-oxygen levels.
Which cardio machine is best for you?
Treadmills enable the user to set up an exercise regime that can be adhered to irrespective of the weather. Their cushioned tread provides substantially lower impact training than running on outdoor surfaces and their variety of preset programs and user settings allow you to experience a comfortable and custom workout every time you set foot on your treadmill. Treadmills offer instant feedback on your speed, distance, time and calories burned, which most users find to be very useful.
If you have a previous or current injury caused from a higher impact sport or if you prefer a lower impact workout than an elliptical can provide, bikes (recumbent, upright or spin) and rowers are a popular alternative. Both offer unique preset programs and features whether it’s a low, medium or high intensity workout you’re looking for, all with zero impact.
Elliptical training is a low-impact form of exercise. Low-impact exercise means exercise that is less stressful on your back, hips and knees compared to activities like running on a treadmill. You only need to use muscular strength to propel an elliptical machine, which offers benefits for older people, pregnant women, recovering athletes and people who are new to exercising. Since elliptical training can exercise various lower-body and upper-body muscles, you won't have to spend as much extra time working those muscle groups after you work out on an elliptical. You may be able to get in a well-rounded workout on an elliptical machine in less time.
An exercise bike gives you a low-impact workout that simulates riding a bike outside. Exercise bikes may be perfect for your fitness needs if you want something that is convenient and easy to use. An exercise bike does not take up much space and can be used indoors, rain or shine.
While an upright bike offers a more traditional ride, the recumbent bike eases back tension and increases lumbar support as you ride.
The spin bike is another popular and effective cardiovascular workout, taking the user to a whole new level of cycling. Some models are specifically designed for triathletes and cyclists who want to reach an increased performance level, while other stationary bikes are designed for the entry-level rider looking to experience indoor cycling for the first time. Many stationary bikes also come with features including the latest screen technology and software programs, giving riders the ability to watch and experience an interactive training workout.
Rowing is an excellent exercise for attaining maximum physical fitness. Much like rowing a boat on the water, a stationary rowing machine can help to build and tone muscles, strengthen cardiovascular function and increase stamina. Rowing machines are particularly effective for older fitness enthusiasts because there they place no strain on the back and joints.
Rowing invokes all the muscles of the body and trains them evenly. With little pressure on the joints, rowers work the legs, hips and buttocks with each stroke. They also use upper body muscles, strengthening the back, shoulders and arms. The trunk and core are engaged in the exercise as the rower performs each stroke. You can also adjust most rowing machines to create a tighter resistance to build muscle.
How can I get the best workout for my body?
As you might have guessed, incorporating both strength and cardiovascular training into your workouts will produce the best overall results.
Cardio workouts boost your blood-oxygen levels, which greatly aid your body’s performance in recreational activities like high intensity sports or even just walking up a few flights of stairs without being winded.
Strength training will compliment your cardio by allowing your body to utilize more muscles without using as much effort, not to mention the multitude of positive effects that strength training has on your body and physical well-being.
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