Whether you have a modest approach to your workouts or you consider yourself a fitness nut, it goes without saying that while gratifying, exercise can be both challenging and time-consuming. One of the great things about exercise is that you can do it anywhere, as long as you have your limbs and the willpower to do so. I’ve put together a list of gadgets that can help your workouts to be faster and more effective without overtaxing your body.
As an iconic piece of cardio equipment, treadmills are one of the best to improve your workout. The rhythmic aerobic action walking on a treadmill belt helps to improve blood circulation in the body, strengthen the heart, and lower blood pressure while improving good cholesterol.
Treadmills are fairly low impact, but have adjustable speeds and inclines which can create a workout as simple or challenging as you need it to be. There are also a variety of deck/belt combinations in various widths, lengths, and densities to accommodate those who are tall, heavy, or have ankle problems. For more information about treadmills you can visit treadmilltalk.com.
An elliptical, is a motionless machine that, like a treadmill, provides a strong cardio workout. Often known as cross trainers, these machines possess pedals that leave the user in a pseudo standing position allowing the ability to simulate walking, running, or hiking up steep inclines. Where ellipticals differ from treadmills is the fact that they have a very low impact on the joints without sacrificing any intensity of the workout. Ellipticals also help to increase balance and mobility, making them perfect for people who have joint problems, are recovering from physical injury, or are in physical therapy for any other reason.
Exercise bikes might be one of the oldest pieces of exercise equipment out there, but they still provide one of the hardest workouts in an easy to accomplish format. Like ellipticals, bikes are easy on the joints, but they are much easier to get the hang of since using one is essentially like riding a bicycle. Because the bike is used in the seated position, it’s the perfect for anyone with back issues which otherwise would be debilitating if exercising in the standing position. To increase the intensity of the workout, use a stationary bike with resistance, or just pedal faster.
A rowing machine is perhaps one of the best for those looking to work out smarter, because it is one of the only machines that provide low impact, total body conditioning. In fact, every single stroke works the calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, abs, glutes, pecs, obliques, biceps, triceps, deltoids, upper back, lats, wrists, and hands (Lifespan 2015, pp2). Despite being low impact, rowing keeps your heart rate up and tones all of your muscles while providing a great cardio workout.
Any of these machines can help you work out smarter rather than harder. Simply evaluate based on your body type, any physical restrictions you might have, and the intensity of your workouts. This way, you can get the most out of your exercise regimen.