What is aerobic exercise?
Aerobic exercise involves movement that uses the large muscle groups for 15 or more minutes while maintaining a maximum heart rate of 60-80%. This type of exercise is known for being long in duration and low in intensity.
Aerobic exercise activities include: walking, biking, jogging, swimming, aerobic classes and cross-country skiing. Aerobic exercise machines that replicate or mimic these exercises are excellent options for persons who are unable to actually participate in them to get the same aerobic benefits.
Aerobic exercise should be done consistently to reap the most benefit. To increase fitness level, it is recommended that aerobic exercise machines be used an average of 4 to 5 times per week. Persons who wish to maintain their current level of fitness should use them 3 to 4 times per week.
Treadmills are the most popular of all aerobic exercise machines. They give the benefits of walking or running outdoors without the heat, cold and insects. When looking for a treadmill, make certain that you get one with a wide belt, safety shut off and incline settings to increase intensity. A good treadmill will cost within the range of $1000 and up.
Riding exercise bikes or spinning offers a low-impact cardiovascular workout that engages the large muscles in the legs and buttocks. Spinning with a stationary bike is ideal for persons who are just beginning an exercise routine.
Walking or running up and down stairs provides an excellent cardiovascular exercise routine. Step machines offer the same perks without having to find an actual flight of stairs. Step machines are some of the most affordable aerobic exercise machines with prices starting as low as $60. Bigger models can cost anywhere from $100 to $1200.
Rowing machines aid in losing weight and improving stamina and endurance, as well as burning calories. Rowing machines provide a good cardiovascular and muscle workout. Using a rowing machine for an aerobic workout can help you burn up to 15 calories per minute, allowing you to do a full exercise regimen in only 20 min.
These are named for the motion range of motion the user undergoes while on the machine. It is a cross between a skiing machine, a spin bike and a treadmill. They give fun, low resistance exercise that burns as many calories as a treadmill; and are recommended for persons with joint problems and who were previously engaged in an inactive lifestyle.
Benefits of aerobic exercise machines
Aerobic exercise machines work the cardiovascular system and allow the heart to use oxygen more efficiently. They will also help to control or reduce body fat with the aid of proper diet and a few anaerobic exercises. Regular use of aerobic exercise machines will also increase endurance and provide extra energy in the day. The workout will also decrease tension and provide a better night’s sleep which has been known to improve mood and reduce anxiety or depression.