During cardio, it can sometimes feel like we’re steering, running, and treading our lives away. Working-out and not getting the results, you’ve got all the reasons you need to avoid cardio machines at all costs.
But don’t just give up. Regular cardio comes with a lot of profits: It can improve your temper and heart health, keep you active, keep your mind sharp, help protect against some types of cancer, etc.
The range of cardio machines is also the main benefit in itself. All these equipment aim at different muscles and are immensely useful for improving stamina and strength—if you know the correct ways to use them.
Do it at intervals.
No one should do steady-pace cardio all the time. Try incline or speed intervals. Stay at your same pace, but increase the inclination every few minutes or keep the incline the same and constantly increase your speed. Treadmill is best suited for cardio.
Sprint it out.
You don’t have to do 30 minutes of it continuously, but you’ll get a great training in half the time if you substitute one minute at your maximum effort and two minutes at a slower pace.
Add your strength and endurance training.
Pick up some dumbbells and walk as you do bicep curls or shoulder exercises. This is way more effective.
Add more resistance.
You should always add resistance to your elliptical workouts and always be pushing against something and stimulating different muscles.
Take it back.
Try going backward at various speeds and against different resistance levels. Going backward makes different muscles in the legs working, and also makes the core more involved.
Slowly add speed.
Try to start at a lower level and gradually increase your level, increasing the speed every few minutes. It is one of the ideal ways of using Stair Climber.
Move to a different direction.
Always include multidirectional work into your stair-climber workouts. You can turn to either side or even go backward at a slow speed. By doing this, you’ll work your full body trying to stay stable, it will be a killer workout for your legs.
Hit it high.
Don’t use too much resistance and instead push hard on your sprints and then slow it down for a small duration. Repeat your cycling at regular intervals.
Try to move in and out.
Practice at different speeds and different resistances both in and out of the saddle.
Beat the clock.
See how fast you can go on your rowing machine. Set up a time interval and try to reach your goal accordingly.
Build a pyramid.
Try pyramid work to keep things interesting. First, do 100 meters, then take a 30-second break, after that do 200 more meters, take another break, then add 300 more meters, and take another break, and this goes on. Keep it progressive keep it interesting.