As a woman, getting in shape and losing that extra weight doesn’t have to be a painful experience. The key is to start out simple by doing a few easy yet highly effective cardio moves. Starting out on your own can be a lonely journey, so join a female fitness training programme that includes using these cardio machines:

  1. Rowing Machine

A workout on the rowing machine will increase your heart rate and burn more calories faster, provided you do it with high intensity. Using this machine will also help to tone your legs and arms. Do a 10-minute rowing, with four to six sets. Include three minutes rest. You’re doing it right if your hands don’t bump the knees.  

  1. Stair Climber

Besides increasing your heart rate, a workout on the stair climber machine helps to build your core strength, burn more fat and tone your legs. Do a 10-15 minute on it, with moderate intensity. When you’re using the machine, try to lean forward just a little bit, while resting your hands on the bars and with an upright body.

  1. Elliptical Trainer

Similar to the previously mentioned cardio machines, a workout on the elliptical trainer helps to increase your heart rate, burns calories in an hour, and tones your muscle arms. Use it for 10-15 minutes, with a 2 minutes rest intervals.

  1. Stationary Bike

To strengthen your muscles and tone your arms and legs, spend 10-20 minutes on the stationary bike. Include rests in between, and make sure your seat is positioned correctly; not too high or too low. A seat that’s too high will make it harder for your hips to stay in place, while a seat that’s too low will put too much pressure on your knees and tires the legs.  

  1. Treadmill

To burn calories and build strength, run shorter but harder on the treadmill. A session of 10-20 minutes would be perfect.

If you’re serious about getting in shape, find a gym that provides the machines and are part of their cardio for women programme. Most gyms offer a free trial women fitness exercise session that you can join before you decide if it’s the right one for you.