I didn't like cardio machines at the gym until I started switching every 15 min. I can do a whole hour on 4 different machines and it's a lot easier to manage then just the eliptical or tredmill for an hour.
There are tons of different machines so you can mix it up a lot of ways.
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I really don't like going to the gym, mostly because when I get there, I just don't feel like jumping on one of the cardio machines. I started riding my bike to the gym, and not only does it get me warmed up, I enjoy myself, get into a good mood, AND I find that I last twice as long on the cardio machines. Which adds up to an extra 30-60 minutes of exercise!!!
If you find yourself hanging on to the cardio machines at the gym for dear life, turn the machine down a bit and LET GO! Don't let the machine help you along the way. You will burn more calories going slower by yourself than faster, using the bars for support.
Think of the bars as a safety net!
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