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Busting the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths

Don't Let These Myths Sabotage Your Success


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  • Myth #5 -- "And, as we know, it's all about calories in versus calories out when it comes to weight loss."

    My major objection in the above statement is the use of the word "all". This simplistic line of thinking has been repeatedly debunked. There are a whole host of other issues that impact weight loss. Illness, inflammation, hormonal disturbances, etc, etc. etc. If you have no inflammation (no illness, no gastro- intestinal problems, no allergies, no sensitivties, i.e no autoimmune responses that often result in water retention and other adverse effects to your body), you are getting your ultimate dose of sleep daily, you have only the slightest amount of stress (i.e. not enough to tax your adrenal glands), you have a wonderful social support system, your thyroid is working perfectly, and you are literally in PERFECT health, then perhaps weight loss or gain is directly related to net caloric intake minus caloric expenditure.

    How many of those people do you know?

    Or, maybe I misunderstood?? Perhaps the author made the above quoted statement pejoratively. - 9/23/2016 12:48:50 PM
  • I didn't know there were "myths" attached to cardio machines! What a silly & unnecessary article. If you're OFF THE COUCH & working out--it's all good! Doesn't matter what you do, or where you do it--just MOVE! Walking is a great workout...whether inside, or outside. I love my treadmill--saves me from bad weather, unleashed dogs, and attacking birds (damn blackbirds!). So if I'm doing it wrong--oh well. At least I'm doing it! - 9/23/2016 8:55:23 AM
  • Tip: don't eat what you burn. Defeats the purpose.
    - 8/31/2016 6:35:18 PM
  • The Polar ft4 monitor works well for me so far. I got it for this very reason, and have not regretted it. Good article :) - 8/31/2016 12:13:57 PM
  • Hi! I love treadmill so much because its give me best work than any oyher exercise equipment.... :-)
    Through this link you can know the best & affordable product information. - 3/18/2016 12:27:14 PM
    I've had tremendous success with treadmills. I walk(fast) outdoors-weather permitting, but I use a treadmill in the winter/bad weather. I can feel that it is a very different movement, although if I loosen my hold the handle bars, it is similar to walking outdoors. anyway, I walk about 2.5 miles a day, on the treadmill I walk at a speed of 4.8-5 miles per hour. Sometimes 4.8 mph with an incline of 1 degree. This has helped me just as much as walking outdoors, maybe moreso. I eat sensibly but not particularly low cal, & I have steadily, albeit slowly, burned fat at a pretty constant rate(other than the holidays). My cholesterol & triglyceride #'s have improved drastically, with the help of fish oil. To sum it up, I've had a lot of success with treadmills, so, to each their own. - 1/7/2016 2:55:04 PM
  • I don't believe the machine a whole lot anyway. For the heck of it, I'll do an hour at a time. - 8/18/2015 4:12:55 PM
    I also use a fitness app on my watch (googlefit; gwatch) and it defiantly gives me a more accurate counts than any machine I use. - 7/12/2015 5:55:31 PM
  • I use a stationary bike at home. As a general rule of thumb, I don't do less than 20-30 minutes. That is the average amount of exercise recommended on a daily basis by fitness experts. I to try and mix up workout routines - bike faster for ten minutes, slow down for five, then work on arms, etc. About three times a week I aim for 50-60 minute work outs. I always feel great after that. So, don't worry too much about how many calories you burn off - I tend to focus on length of workouts and intensity. - 2/26/2015 5:43:44 PM
  • I wholeheartedly agree with the suggestion to get a chest strap heart rate monitor. They're easy to use, they're comfortable, and a no-frills model (like mine - Polar FT7) costs around $60. It was well worth the spend, and I wear it every time I work out - both to get an accurate calorie count AND to monitor my heart rate to make sure I'm exercising at the proper intensity. It helps me know when to pick up the pace and when to slow down. - 2/26/2015 12:19:36 PM
  • I tested my Elliptical against the SparkPeople data and against the data reported from my heart monitor; Doing 30 minutes at level 1 resistance without incline comes within a couple calories of these other indicators. I believe my machine is properly calibrated at this time. I do test it a couple times a year to make certain it remains accurate.

    While I do believe that not every machine will be properly calibrated, I also believe that when one starts taking away the trust of those machines, one stands to risk the loss of the motivators. It starts feeling the same as with people who cheat on the Leader Boards: everyone knows they are cheating and it is pointless to try to achieve I higher rank because you know it won't happen unless you cheat too. So what is the point of having them. - 2/26/2015 8:30:05 AM
  • I have a treadmill (I have now had 3) a rowing machine and an exercise bike. None are even close to my heart monitor with calorie burn.

    My last treadmill always read about twice the calorie burn while my new one is way under, after 10 minutes it can be 50 out.

    The others are much the same. So it is worth getting a HRM
    - 7/15/2014 3:24:46 AM
  • MMGAGE1701
    I use a heart-rate monitor when I work out to give me a more accurate calorie count. I will second the article's statement about running outside to prep for races too. It's very different than on the treadmill, and the thing about increasing your incline to more closely mimic running outside is a myth. I use my treadmill to give my shins a break from the pavement and because it's great for doing intervals (and avoiding rain/snow/ice). - 6/6/2014 9:25:44 AM
  • I don't pay attention to monitors; I just do as much as I can until I'm worn out and have to stop. I'll adjust the intensity of my workout to fit the amount of time I have: maybe a long fast walk one day, a shorter walk mixed with short sprints another day, and all day doing work in the garden another, maybe with some short and very intense karate practice here and there. Weights three days a week too of course. Variety in exercise is good. Also, if exercise can involve a practical skill you get more bang for your exercise buck. That's why I do things like karate, running, gardening, and so on. Even things like laundry and house cleaning can be good exercise if you do them right. - 4/26/2014 10:55:16 AM
  • I am one of those people that get excited when I see I have burned 700+ calories but always think it is not correct. But then when I see that my spark tracker, "sparky" as I have named it, tells me it is damn close on when I am uploaded to Sparkpeople. I feel a bit more at ease that the treadmills we have at the local gym may be somewhat closer than your old run of the mill treadmills at the other gyms around my areas. These treadmills have a lot of bells and whistles with inclines and declines (something I haven't seen before.) And it has been working for me so far. - 4/25/2014 6:50:05 PM

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