Increase Endurance for a Better Fitness Routine
Why is it important to increase endurance? Endurance is defined as the “power to withstand something challenging.” Endurance is both a physical and mental quality; a state of surviving, remaining alive and thriving. When it comes to exercising, endurance is what keeps you going when you want to quit, that little extra bit of steam that not only gets you through your workout, but pushes you to work harder, faster and better. Endurance is also stamina, the ability to withstand fatigue is a powerful asset that can be leveraged to great effect in furthering your fitness goals. It is key to your improvement and to the maintenance of your fitness routine.
While some people are naturally gifted with more endurance, whether it be through sheer willpower or genetic predisposition, most of us are not so lucky. Thankfully, endurance is not a talent, but a skill. It can and must be learned. Here we’ve gathered the most effective and easy to implement techniques for helping to increase endurance.
Reduce Rest Time Between Sets
Most people give themselves anywhere between 30 and 90 seconds of recovery time between sets. An easy way to increase endurance and get stronger and leaner much faster is to slowly taper off the rest time between sets. If it’s difficult for you, take it slowly, timing your rest after each set. You should aim to eventually do a few rounds of the series back to back without any break.
Choose More Compound Exercises
Compound exercises are moves that require using more than one joint or muscle at a time, like step-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and squats instead of isolated exercises, like bicep curls, leg lifts, and similar exercises that typically work one muscle group at a time. Isolated exercises, while good for one muscle or area at at time, don’t stimulate your body enough to actually contribute to increasing endurance and stamina. Compound exercises, by contrast, are more difficult to do and better stimulate endurance.
Incorporate Explosive Movements
"Explosive" movements are swift, strong, and precise movements. They are a display of highly-trained power and their execution requires a harmony of concentration and physical strength. Explosive exercises use many parts of the body, but particularly the quads, butt, lower back, core, and hips. Still unsure of what explosiveness looks like? In mixed martial arts, explosiveness is the difference between a basic punch or a knockout blow. Explosive exercises are fantastic for building strength, endurance and power. They’re also a quick route to great muscle definition and weight loss! Try to incorporate explosive exercises like burps, box jumps, power push-ups and others into your workout routine.
Switch Up Your Routine
To build endurance, and especially stamina, you have to keep your body on its toes. The human body gets used to a workout after a couple of weeks, causing the body to work less hard each time and making the workout less effective overall. Switch up your routine as often as possible; keep your body guessing!
Eat Well and Drink Plenty of Water
Your body is a machine that needs regular fuel. If you’re not eating frequently enough, or not getting the nutrients your body needs, don’t expect it to be able to drive it very far. You may be able to muster a few sprints, but an improperly fueled body won’t be able to improve endurance. Be sure to eat regularly and healthily and to drink plenty of water throughout the day!
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