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Endurance Exercises: A Great Preventative Measure

By Tom Herrin

We turn to exercise for a lot of reasons.  Some people want to increase strength.  Some want to be able to join in social activities.  If you tire easily or feel really out of shape, you probably want to increase your endurance.  You need to develop a plan that will work for you and your schedule.  With good planning, you can increase endurance and enjoy better health in a pretty short period of time.  You have to be able to take an objective look at yourself.

Have You Had Major Health Problems?

A lot of people who have had heart problems can benefit from working on endurance.  They should consult their cardiologist first, but many prescribe endurance type exercises to improve cardiovascular function.  Moving blood and supplying oxygen are major roles of our heart.  Many people suffer problems from inactivity.  Their heart is not worked, therefore it does not do what it is designed for.  It is a muscle.  For the most part, it will become stronger with regular exercise.

Other Circulation Problems Can Benefit

When we work for endurance, we are doing some kind of aerobic exercise.  This helps our body to become more efficient.  Our goal is to perform the maximum amount of work possible without becoming overly tired.  A steady supply of oxygen as we burn energy enables us to have stamina.  It doesn’t happen all at once.  We start slowly and work up to a point where we can walk, run, or do some other kind of exercise without being so out of breath that we cannot talk while exercising.  This is usually a good measure of our progress.

Simple Methods Work

People find all kinds of ways to get into endurance training.  Many people like counting steps as they go.  Some use time to measure.  Others may measure by the increasing level of difficulty.  Any of these things can work.  The main thing is to make a plan and stay with it.  Jumping from one routine to another can be counterproductive.  We have to remember why we are doing what we do.  If we are truly trying to improve our health, we will want to keep a record of our progress and get on a set schedule.  If you are trying to prevent health issues from taking over your life, you might want to start an endurance program soon.

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

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