Cardio Fitness Machines
The primary goal of cardiovascular equipment is to increase overall endurance, raise a person’s heart rate and boost their lung capacity. These machines are perfect for aerobic exercises, such as running, cycling and stair climbing, and can also be used to perform other types of exercise that work specific muscle groups.
Some of the best cardiovascular equipment for building muscle mass and burning calories includes ellipticals, rowing machines and stationary bikes. These exercise equipment pieces are often found in gyms, with each delivering a distinct set of benefits that can help meet the goals of a fitness routine.
Choosing the best cardiovascular equipment for your home will come down to your personal preferences and fitness goals. It will also depend on how much space you have to work with as some cardiovascular equipment options are more compact than others.
For those who prefer to workout in the comfort of their own homes, there are a variety of treadmills, stationary bikes and ellipticals on the market, many of which offer a membership option that allows users to follow instructor-led classes from the comfort of their home. This can be a great way to make working out more fun and motivational.
Many people who choose to exercise on cardiovascular equipment will combine it with strength training, which increases muscular strength and power, promotes muscle growth and helps burn additional calories. Switching between different cardiovascular equipment workouts can also prevent a person from hitting a plateau in their performance. It’s generally a good idea to try a combination of cardiovascular equipment workouts each week, with one workout focused on the legs and the other on the upper body.
A popular piece of cardiovascular equipment is the treadmill, which can provide a smooth and comfortable run-like experience for almost any workout. The cushioned surface of a treadmill can take some of the impact off of the knees, which is beneficial for those with joints that are already in pain. The user controls variables like pace, incline and resistance, which is convenient for those who are recovering from injuries or have specific health or weight loss goals.
There are a wide variety of treadmills to choose from, with some of the most popular brands being NordicTrack, ProForm and Life Fitness. In terms of cost, treadmills can range from $500 to $8,000, with most being priced in the lower half of this price range.
Ellipticals and arc trainers are another popular choice for cardio exercise because they’re effective, low-impact and easy on the joints. These machines can be particularly useful for those suffering from arthritis or other joint conditions. These machines can also be challenging for those who want to train for a marathon or other long-distance races.
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