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Cardio Machines Keep You Going Strong

Cardio machines are a great weatherproof way to maintain your cardio routine.
Cardio exercise energizes your mind and strengthens the heart. The American
College of Sports Medicine recommends adults do moderately intense cardio
exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week or vigorously intense cardio 20
minutes a day, 3 days a week. Youth should get at least 60 minutes of physical
activity a day.

Which is best, the elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill?
A study conducted in Dublin, Ireland and published in the Journal of Sports
Medicine and Physical Fitness concluded that overall, all three cardio machines
lead to similar physiological improvements when you train at the same volume
and intensity.

If you can withstand high-impact activity, choose the treadmill. The motorized belt
can help you to maintain speed and push you to go faster or farther than you would
have if you were running outdoors or on a track.

For those who need a lower-impact cardio workout, the elliptical trainer is a good
alternative to the treadmill. The machine’s alternating handgrips can incorporate
some upper body work and encourage good posture. Using the elliptical without
holding the handgrips can help improve core stability and balance.

The stationary bike
offers an even lower impact option for a cardio workout, with a strong, localized
focus on the lower body. If you have back pain, choose a recumbent bike with a
full seatback.

Here are how many calories are burned using different
machines for 30 minutes, based on an individual’s weight:

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