- Treadmills. The treadmill is the traditional piece of cardio equipment that tends to pull ahead of its competition when it comes to burning calories. Because you can change the incline, speed, and overall difficulty of your workout with a treadmill, you can also increase the amount of calories that you're burning.
- Ellipticals. Although the treadmill burns more calories, the elliptical comes in close second. Your heart rate will still increase, and you'll get a good workout, but it's not quite at the level of the treadmill. If you want to close the gap on this competition, go hands-free. This will help your stabilizer muscles engage, and your body will start fighting more calories.
- Stationary Bikes. Because of the versatility of this machine, if you pedal quickly, you can absolutely burn a good amount of calories. The more vigorously you pedal, the more calories you're going to shed. Keep in mind that the more difficult the ride is (for example, if incorporate hills into your workout), you'll be giving yourself even more opportunity to get those pesky pounds to go away. According to Livestrong.com, a person that weighs 190 pounds can shed 906 calories in an hour of vigorous riding on a stationary bike.
- Stair Steppers. These machines may not burn the most calories, but you can certainly get a good workout on them. The trick to these guys is to maintain proper posture and stand up straight. If you hunch over, as most people end up doing by the end of their time on these machines, you're not burning as many calories. In fact, the difference between calories burned when you're standing up straight is substantially greater than if you slump.
As a personal trainer, my goal is to help you understand the benefits of cardio equipment, get you in shape, and help you to feel fit. If you have questions about how certain machines affect your body, or if you want to know more about my services, feel free to contact me! I'd love to learn more about you!