Top Calorie Burning Machines
I'm always being asked, what's the best calories burning machines? Well, according to LIVESTRONG, the treadmill is still #1 verses the elliptical and stairmaster. Take a look at what they had to say on this very subject....
If you’re looking to burn fat and calories then cardiovascular exercise machines may be for you. The energy exertion that is required during a cardio workout helps to accelerate your heart rate, which in turn burns calories. Additionally, your heart becomes stronger during cardio sessions, which will help to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Exercise machines offer the ability to vary your workout and prevent boredom while maximizing your calorie burn.
Running on a treadmill will give you the most bang for your cardio buck; running at the speed of six miles per hour, or a10-minute mile, will burn approximately 400 calories in just 30 minutes, according to “Fitness Magazine.” And almost everyone is capable of running and reaping the benefits, no matter your speed or ability level. Though generally thought of as an activity that primarily works the lower body, in reality, your core, back, arms and shoulders also gain tone and strength. Whether used at home or in the gym, treadmills are not affected by weather and offer the ability to vary your workout by incorporating intervals of sprints, walking and inclines.
Elliptical trainers are available for gym or home use, and have been popular since their invention in the mid-1990′s, thanks to their ability to provide an effective cardio workout without any impact. A 30-minute workout can burn approximately 300 calories, according to “Fitness Magazine,” while also strengthening your core, glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. Working on resistance, elliptical machines mimic the motion of running while eliminating the risk of impact injuries, such as shin splints and stress fractures. Some elliptical machines have moving arms, which allow your upper body to benefit as well. Elliptical machines also offer an ability to vary your workout by alternating between forward and backward movements, adjusting the resistance level and incorporating speed intervals.
When stair steppers hit the exercise scene in the 1980′s they became an instant success for offering an alternative to lateral moving machines, such as the treadmill and stationary bike. Running or climbing stairs is an effective calorie burner and leg strengthener; and stair steppers provided the ability to benefit from that movement while working out in your home or commercial gym. The exertion effort required of stair steppers makes them effective at burning calories; Harvard University reports that a 125-pound person can burn approximately 350 calories in 30 minutes, while someone weighing 185 pounds can burn upwards of 500 calories in the same time span. While stair steppers do lack variety in movement, they are beneficial for slimming down and gaining lean muscle mass in your core, calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes.