3 Ways to Build Daily Stamina
By Genevieve Cunningham
We don't often give a lot of thought to our stamina. In fact, we don't really think about it until we're struggling to get through a particular workout or event. But stamina is a big deal. When we have good stamina, we can work out longer, work harder in general, and have more energy throughout the day. But how do we build stamina -- especially if we're severely lacking? How do we improve our ability to keep up? If you need to improve your stamina, take a look at these three tips to get you moving in the right direction.
Cardio exercise is the king of building stamina. When we engage in some kind of cardio, our lungs and heart both have to work harder. You may notice that your heart is beating faster and that your lungs are starting to burn. While this will be very uncomfortable in the beginning, you will find it much easier as you continue the process. What starts as a 10-minute workout may turn into 20 or 30 minutes. Start with a walk, add a light jog, or go all out in an intense class. Find a cardio that you enjoy but still challenges you, and you'll build more stamina in no time.
While you're in the process of building stamina, your lungs will get a lot of work. You'll learn a new appreciation for the phrase "sucking air." To make it easier and to speed up the process, learn some new breathing techniques. Learn how to use your breath efficiently to fuel your body and muscles. This will probably include deep breaths, intake through the nose and release through the mouth, and other methods. Ask a trainer, doctor, or check out some online videos to get you started.
The most important part of building stamina is to be consistent. If you work out this week, but then you skip next week, you're only setting yourself up for failure. Each time you quit, you'll have to start over from the beginning. Instead, make a plan that you can stick with. The more consistent, the faster and more powerful your results will be.
Stamina is really important. Probably more important than you even realize! It makes life and all of its activities so much easier. Use these tips to build more stamina in your life. Once you make a dent in your ability to keep up, you'll notice an improvement in your body, in your workouts, and in your life too!
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