Truth is, these machines are totally worthless for anyone serious about weight loss. Used correctly, they can be beneficial on multiple levels and CAN enhance your workout, however, most people DO NOT use them correctly and result in NO RESULTS.
What does that mean?
If you, as most people, spend hours a day on a machine like this one, you are in fact wasting your time and energy. The only thing you’ll achieve on this thing is wearing your body down. Fat stores will be encouraged to stick around, and your body will engage in catabolic muscle destruction in order to get energy for your ridiculous workout: THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU WANT. Muscle packs far more energy than the same amount of fat, so your body will rage on that crap so it can push through your 3 or 4 hour cardio blast. So, avoid this.
Should you avoid the cardio machines all together then? Nope.
I use cardio machines, usually the treadmill, to warm up for 3 or 5 minutes at a steady inclined walk. Then I head to the weights. After weight training, I’ll stretch out, and cool down on a stair master for 10 minutes TOPS. I do this for reasons I’ll go into later.
There are also cardio days. Days where you only have cardio for toning. This can be great for 2 days a week, maybe three, depending on your conditioning and what your goal is. Setting a routine of 30 minutes to an hour is effective, in cycles, with variations. Remember, your body WILL adapt. So you have to keep things changing. Change the speed, the elevation, and switch up the amount of time you spend on cardio. Often, spending LESS time on machines will infect result in a faster rate of FAT BURNING. The tip here is: SWITCH UP THE PACE, AND CHANGE THE ELEVATIONS. Do not stick to the same routine day after day after day…. your body will have adapted to burning less energy by the second day.
SO DONT WASTE TIME.
Cardio machines can be useful, and effective, but they can be easily abused.