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How to Improve Stamina for Working Out

By Genevieve Cunningham

Working out can be tough. It’s a well known aspect of living a healthy life, and we all know that we should do it regularly, but it can really be a challenge at certain times in our lives. This is especially true if our overall stamina is suffering. We tire too easily and this makes us want to give up. If you find this happening too often, it may be time to focus on endurance. To build more stamina for your workouts and your life, take a look at these easy tips.

Increase or Intensify Your Cardio

If you need more stamina, it only makes sense to attack your cardio sessions head on. If you currently run a mile, run a mile and a half. If you bike for 30 minutes, bike for 45 minutes or an hour. If you don’t have more time, you can also simply intensify the cardio. Add sprints, run up stairs, or increase the overall speed of your workout. While this will be hard at first, it won’t be long until your body adapts and your stamina is better than ever.

Lift Some Weights, Then Run

Weights are a challenge. They tire out the muscles and require more blood to be pumped to each area of the body. If you’re trying to improve general stamina, try lifting weights before you run. Even if you run the same distance at the same speed, it will be harder because of the lifting session. You’ll be worn out the first few times you do this, but over time your body will develop a tolerance and your stamina will improve quickly.

Go for Two-a-Days

If you need short workouts, it might be best to take the two-a-day approach. This is an approach that sports teams often use at the beginning of the season. Why? Because it builds stamina quickly! Work out in the morning, and then go back for a second session in the evening. Keep doing this until you’ve improved your stamina, and then you may be able to back off a bit. Two-a-days require a lot of dedication, but they’ll work if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.

It doesn’t take much to build endurance. It just takes a little dedication and some patience. If you need more stamina to make it through your workouts or just through your day, these tips may help. Stick with them, and you’ll be working out longer and with more energy before you know it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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