Some people are under the impression that mini stepper workouts are not that effective due to the small size of these exercise steppers.
It is true that when it comes to mini steppers there is a lot of junk out there. The cheaper models have poor resistance levels, can be unstable, and are constructed from cheap flimsy materials.
However not all mini exercisers are built the same. If you are prepared to spend between $80.00 – $100.00 on a mini stepper you will get a compact exercise machine which is very capable of providing you with a challenging cardiovascular workout, and help you to burn plenty of calories to lose weight.
Although mini steppers have some disadvantages compared to full sized step machines and elliptical trainers, they also have advantages over them.
First of all the small size of a mini step machine makes it easy to transport from room to room, or to take with you on your travels. It is also a lot easier to store away in a cupboard or under a bed.
The other big advantage is the price of mini steppers. A good mini stepper can be purchased for under a hundred dollars, saving you hundreds of dollars from buying a full sized stepping machine.
A mini stepper workout should be a part of your fitness routine, and the best way to train on a mini exercise machine is to split your workout throughout the day, instead of spending 20 or 30 minutes straight exercising on one. This way you will be burning calories on a regular basis throughout the day.
You may think that you do not have the time to do a number of cardio workouts during the day, but it is a lot easier than you may think. Let’s face it, for most people doing any cardio work for a period of time can become very boring, that is why it is better to split your workouts into smaller segments.
You can get some incredible results by using your compact step machine by doing interval training. Interval training is where you exercise at a fast pace for a short amount of time. This really boosts your metabolism so you get rid of a lot more calories. Also it saves time because you can get better results than you would by doing regular lengthy cardiovascular workouts.
There are a number of ways that you can do interval training on a miniature stepper, and the best approach which has been really useful for a lot of people is to do your workouts while you are watching television.
Just watch your program as you would normally, and when there is a commercial break, just get on your machine and exercise as fast as you can during the break. Most breaks are around 5 minutes in length, so you are getting a quick 5 minute workout. If you do this for 4 breaks, you are getting a 20 minute workout which is going to be far more effective than a workout done at a regular pace for the same time.
If you can do this for during 2 programs you are potentially giving yourself a workout of around 40 minutes, with none of the boredom associated with regular cardio workouts.
This is a very effective way to exercise without the dread of having to psych yourself up to exercise. Ding mini stepper workouts in this way is more fun, less boring, and can give you excellent results!