Cardio Machines 101 – Choosing the best programs for losing weight and body fat.
Hopping on a piece of cardio equipment and hitting the quick start button is fine now and again, but like any workout, you need to change it up a bit. Cardio machines offer some fantastic programs to help you maximize your calorie and fat burning efforts. The best part is that all you have to do is hit a button and the machine guides you through the rest of your workout. No thinking required. Okay, so there are few other steps involved; you will need to add some information like your level setting and time duration, but the machine will guide you through that as well.
If you are new to using cardio machines, like the treadmill or elliptical, and they look like futuristic spacecrafts with all their blinking lights and buttons, then check out the first article in the Cardio Machines 101 series:
The How to use the 4 Most Popular Cardio Machines guide breaks down those confusing looking operation boards button by button, and will have you feeling comfortable and ready to hop on a new piece of equipment, burning calories and getting fit!
Okay, it’s time to get to it and share with you 3 of the best fat shedding programs that cardio machines offer.
Program – HILLS
Why this program ROCKS! – The fluctuating hills challenge different muscles in your legs as the incline increases and decreases, and it mimics outdoor running more than simply running on a flat, consistent, grade.
Program – AEROBICS –Trainer or X Train Aerobics
Why this program ROCKS! – If you are someone who gets bored during your cardio workouts, this program is your cure. The “Trainer or X Train Aerobics” mode constantly has you change your direction from forward to backwards, using your upper body and going hands-free, as well as having you speed up and slow down. There is no time for boredom with this sweat inducing program!
3. Stair/Step Mill
Program – Intervals
Why this program ROCKS! – Interval training is widely regarded as one of the best ways to burn calories, shed body fat and define your muscles. Combining this technique with the challenge of infinite stairs equates to a leaner and more defined you!