September 28, 2007
Exercise machine review
If you're looking to tone your leg muscles, a stationary bike is a great choice. It is a low impact machine - especially on your knees and offers stability if balance is an issue. However, it is difficult to reach a high intensity unless you're using a spinning bike. It's best used for cross-training between high intense training days or for those looking for a slow, steady workout.
This machine really works your lower body - quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Be careful that you don't rest on the arms or front of the machine if your legs start to tire. It may be best to use this machine for a quick workout when you can work hard for a short period of time, i.e. 15 mins.
Another great machine for those looking for lower impact exercise. Gliding on this machine gives you a smooth workout. It also provides a full body workout because of the arm handles. Use this machine if you are recovering from an injury or just getting back into exercise. It can also be used as a form of cross-training in between high intense training days.
My favorite of the bunch, a treadmill offers walking or running in a higher impact workout, which is beneficial for building strong bones. A treadmill offers instant hills and the ability to run at a constant speed which you have to maintain. It's also easy to perform speed work with the speed and time clock right in front of you. You can burn the most calories on a treadmill because you can push yourself to work harder. Treadmills offer variety - whether you're looking for interval training, a long slow endurance run, hills, speed walk or a slow easy stroll.
Whatever you decide - remember, most importantly - exercise should be fun!
Posted by Lisa at September 28, 2007 8:21 AM
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