Cardio machines are a great tool for improving your cardiovascular fitness indoors and protecting yourself against many common cardio injuries.

There best part is there are plenty of different cardio machines to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that you like. In this post I’ll be listing five of the best machine based cardio exercises you can use to enhance your fitness.

1 – Elliptical Machine

The elliptical machine is an intense but low impact cardio machine. The smooth, gliding motion is deceptively simple but it actually burns off between 500 and 600 calories per hour. One of the best things about the elliptical machine is that it’s incredibly versatile and you can use it with or without the arm poles and in a forward or reverse motion.

2 – Exercise Bike

The exercise bike allows you to enjoy all the health benefits of outdoor cycling when the weather outside is poor. Like the elliptical machine, the exercise bike is very gentle on your joints and definitely worth considering if you have arthritis or other joint problems. In terms of calories burned, it’s relatively efficient and blasts through up to 880 calories per hour.

3 – Rowing Machine

The rowing machine works off up to 850 calories per hour and is probably the best cardio machine for strengthening and toning your upper body.  It’s also a great machine for developing your balance, core stability and raw, explosive pulling power.

4 – Step Machine

The step machine allows you to virtually scale countless floors and burn approximately 500 calories per hour in the process. In addition to this, it strengthens, sculpts and tones your legs and your butt. Plus, the stepper machine is low impact and keeps your joints safe while you exercise.

5 – Treadmill

The treadmill is a cardio machine that people either love or hate. However, in terms of fat burning, it’s the best option on this list and blasts through up to 1,000 calories per hour. Like the elliptical machine, the treadmill is relatively versatile and allows you to adjust both the speed and incline at which you run. The only minor drawback of the treadmill compared with the other cardio machines is that it is higher impact and can sometimes lead to joint pain.


Whether you’re a fan of cycling, running or rowing, there’s a cardio machine out there that will suit your needs. So choose your favorite machine and then use it to optimize your cardiovascular fitness on the days you can’t get outside or simply want to stay indoors.

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