Finding the Right Cardio Machine for You

Finding the Right Cardio Machine for You

Cardio health is extremely important. As you age your heart grows weaker but with diet and exercise, you can promote good heart health.

Treadmills are great for beginners, allowing them to start slowly. If you are a beginner you don’t want to dive into an extreme workout, hoping for fast results. Fitness takes time, and if you are too eager, you can wind up hurt, which means you’ll be back on the couch again. Treadmills are also considerably cheaper, especially since the elliptical machine has increased in popularity.

Elliptical Machines
Invented in the mid-90s, the elliptical machine is becoming increasingly popular due to its low impact and high ‘relative perceived exertion’ rate. Elliptical machines are not only easier on the knees and hips, but the fluid motion gives the body the illusion that it is doing less work, when in fact it is receiving a great workout. Elliptical machines also have handles that simulate skiing motions, allowing you to have an upper body workout as well.

Rowing Machines
The greatest advantage of the rowing machine is the multitude of muscle groups that are worked when rowing. In the initial position, only three muscle groups are targeted: the hamstrings, the calves and the lower back. Upon moving back, more muscle groups are added, including the thigh muscles and upper back muscles. When fully extended the muscle groups multiply drastically and all of a sudden 12 different muscles are working hard including the shoulders, triceps, forearms, hamstrings, abdominals, quadriceps, glutes and more.

While rowing is great for cardio and strength workouts, the one disadvantage to the machine is the length. Because of the rowing motion, the machines tend to be longer and take up more space.

The experts at Fitness Expo will trump any department store worker with their knowledge of cardiovascular fitness. They have a large showroom designed to give you the edge on extreme fitness, specializing only in high quality, long lasting exercise machines. They have several stores in Louisiana including Metairie, Kenner, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge; and they also have a store in Jackson, Mississippi, where they will be happy to assist in finding the machine that is right for you.