How To Improve Your Endurance In Cardio Exercises
When you take a flight of stairs you have a tough time catching your breath. What about taking a speed walk by the park for the first 2 minutes, and you feel that already tires you out. This literally means that you should be boosting up your endurance to your everyday life movements. It’s a simple equation: The more muscle you can get working, the more it will challenge your cardiovascular system.
I honestly recommend doing more high intensity interval training more than anything. Even if you are a fan of steady state cardio, it’s best to switch it up to actually see quality results on your physical appearance and the health of your heart. We’re not telling you to do crazy stuff like Shaun T’s Insanity program for 6 days straight in a week. All you need is 10-20 minutes of your day be it in the gym or at the comfort of your home.
1. Combine strength days with cardio days
Yes you cardio bunnies. It’s not all about running at steady state. Lifting weights not only ensure that you have muscle growth, but you will increase in strength as well. Double whammy!
2. Reduce your amount of rest
The more you rest just means that your muscles will work much lesser. If you want to gain stamina, you have to prepare for the most grueling workout. Try “Tabata” style where you are only required to do 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for 3 to 5 rounds. Oh trust me, that 10 second rest, is basically only time for you to take in 3 deep breaths.
3. Routine is your enemy
You can’t possibly be doing the same exercise for over a long period of time. Your body will experience a plateau. Hence, you will not get the results as your muscles have already adapted to the same movement over and over. Instead of squatting 20 reps at your bodyweight every single day, try implementing other variations of the squat exercise like goblet squat, sumo squat or even bulgarian squat.
4. Implement explosive workouts
Throw in some box jumps or burpees into your workout routine and your heart rate is ready to go sky high. This not only increases your stamina but explosive movements build the strength in your glutes, quads and mostly core!
5. Join a Crossfit box
Not everyone can workout alone. Having a community at a crossfit gym will basically be your backbone when you’re getting your WODs in (workout of the day). They will be there to cheer, give you the extra motivation and get you to push beyond your limits. At the end of the day, you will eventually build up your endurance and best of all, you look forward to a fun workout session.
What kind of exercises do you like to do to boost up your endurance, Share with us!
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