Remember, stronger muscles don't always mean better stamina and ideal metabolism. Cardio equipment assists with aerobic exercises that improve oxygen consumption. Attention in recent decades to the benefits of running, walking, swimming and biking points to the improved performance that comes from carrying out moderate levels of exercise over extended time frames
Exercise bikes are one of the most popular choices in cardio training equipment. When the elements outdoors aren't cooperating, turn to an indoor bike. Today's options include bikes that mimic the feel of a traditional cycle as well as recent innovations in recumbent pedaling.
Treadmills allow you to keep pace with joggers while not leaving your den or gym, and you can read or watch TV as you travel. The shock of hard surfaces is reduced as you take your paces at different speeds and inclines.
Elliptical trainers make you work your legs as you would when running or stepping, but your feet don't leave the moving foot platforms, thus reducing stress on joints and ligaments. To increase your workload, just change resistance on the wheel that you set spinning as you pedal.
One of the most efficient cardio-improvement sports is rowing. Now the benefits of a scull or crew boat can be enjoyed inside with a modern rowing machine. These land craft supply a smooth riding surface, full movement mimicking the pull on an oar, and adjustable resistance to simulate the drag of water.
Step exercise machines were developed after the aerobic benefits of taking a stairway were recognized. Stepping up stairs increases heart rate, the burning of oxygen and lung capacity. Leg muscles are toned. Steppers and step machines offer straightforward routes to improved cardio health.
To give your workouts an increased challenge, add a weight vest. Designed to be comfortable, they are also adjustable, giving you a customized fit with an optimal weight load.
Ever wondered how you're doing on your cardio progress? One way to find out is to employ a heart rate monitor. Using a band around the chest to catch signals from your heartbeats, these sophisticated wrist monitors also double as stopwatches, watches, and lap recorders, among other functions.
Don't forget to check out our Strength Equipment department for more Fitness Equipment.