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A treadmill is a smart choice for a beginner.
When you go to the gym, you might not know what to do with the large number of machines available for a variety of purposes. But if you're looking for a cardio machine to work your legs, you can head straight to a few machines. You can work your legs by sticking with one machine or creating a circuit by switching between the different ones. If you need assistance, get a personal trainer to introduce you to the machines and how to use them properly.
Walk, Jog or Run
With a treadmill, you can walk or run at a variety of intensities to strengthen your leg muscles and bones. The treadmill creates less impact on your joints than walking or running on a road or other unforgiving surface. You can also increase the intensity or the incline on the treadmill to get a better leg workout. To get the most out of this machine, move away from the dashboard so you're in the middle of the treadmill.
Lose the Impact
The elliptical machine moves your legs in long circles, and you can alternate between going forward and backward to focus on different parts of the leg. It provides low-impact movements because you never lift your feet off the pedals, but it can still give you an intense workout. This makes the elliptical machine an effective choice for people with arthritis, knee or back pain, or other conditions where you need less impact. To emphasize your leg workout, don't lean too heavily on the handles. Also, the elliptical allows you to choose different settings for more or less resistance.
Step to the Rhythm
The stair climber allows you to achieve a stepping motion while staying in place. It can strengthen your leg muscles and give you an aerobic workout. However, this option is more difficult for beginners, so you should work up to it with other cardio machines. The stair climber also puts more impact on your knees, so it's not for everyone. If it is the right machine for you, вЂњFitnessвЂќ suggests not using the handles much and pressing through the heels to work your legs more.
A stationary bike works out your legs without much impact and without bearing your weight on them. Point your toes to work your quads, and flex your feet to work your hamstrings and butt. вЂњFitnessвЂќ magazine recommends that you shoot for 85 revolutions or more per minute.