When you think of exercise, what comes to mind?
Maybe going to the gym to lift some weight, working with a personal trainer, doing a HIIT session, or even something as simple as keeping up with the kids. While those activities all involve physical exertion and have their own benefits, they don’t have the same endurance-boosting effects as prolonged aerobic exercise (endurance training). If you’re looking for a new routine that will help you get fitter and leaner then it’s time to introduce endurance training into your life. Endurance training involves continuous physical activities that improve your stamina and ability to exercise for longer durations.
What is Endurance Training?
Endurance training is a form of physical exercise aimed at improving your ability to convert oxygen to energy and be able to exercise for longer durations. It can also be used to improve your performance in specific sports that involve endurance, such as long-distance running, swimming, cycling, etc. It will help to improve your general health, sleep, cognitive performance, and well-being, even if you don’t exercise competitively.
Endurance training can still help you get stronger and will certainly help improve your strength of will, as endurance training requires you to “endure” some high levels of discomfort, but don’t let that put you off as the pros far out weight the cons, I’ll explain later.
How To Start With Endurance Training?
The best way to start with endurance training is to engage in a sport that you enjoy. If you enjoy the sport, you’re more likely to continue with the training. While it’s great to join an amateur team, it may be beneficial to start small and do some solo training.
This will help you understand your limitations and create a baseline for your endurance. It’s also important to remember that not all sports are created equal. There are different types of sports, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Before you commit to a specific sport, you should do a bit of research to ensure that it’s the right fit for you. Here are the most common cardio exercises to get started with Running/jogging, Swimming, Cycling, Rowing, and Hiking.
Benefits of Endurance Training
- Improved heart health: An incredibly important benefit of endurance training as a stronger heart is able to pump more blood and oxygen throughout your body, which can lower your risk of developing heart problems like heart attacks or strokes.
- Improved mental health and cognitive performance: Regular exercise is an effective treatment for mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and stress. Endurance training has been shown to be particularly effective at reducing feelings of anxiety and improving mood.
- Increased energy levels: Exercising regularly can help you feel more energetic, even if you’re not particularly active throughout the rest of the day. Endurance training is particularly effective at improving energy levels.
- Weight loss: Exercising is one of the best ways to lose weight. In particular, endurance training is great for shedding pounds. If your goal is to lose weight, then endurance training is a great place to start.
- Better sleep: Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve your sleep. Not only does it help you fall asleep, but it also helps you stay asleep for longer.
- Improved self-confidence: Regular exercise can help boost your self-confidence, especially if you don’t particularly like your body.
- Improved sex life: Exercising can improve your sex life in a couple of ways. Not only will it help you shed pounds and improve your body confidence, but it can also improve your sleep, which can improve your sex life in the long run.
Endurance training is an essential addition to your fitness routine, especially if you’re looking to lose weight, improve cognitive function, sleep better, and perhaps get laid more often haha.
It’s important to remember, though, that not all exercises are created equal. You can boost your fitness levels by adding endurance training to your routine, but you should also make sure that you’re still getting plenty of time in the sack sleeping to recover from your efforts.
This All Sounds Great, But Not Sure How To Fit It Into Your Routine?
Hire a personal trainer. Yes, working out with a personal trainer can be a great way to keep you on track. A personal trainer can help you design an exercise plan that works for your schedule. They will build a custom fitness programme that fits your daily routine and helps you break down your fitness goal into smaller achievable goals. You’re more likely to succeed if you set specific realistic goals. A personal trainer will also help you figure out what you need and adjust your routine as you progress.
Starting out can be really daunting, hiring a personal trainer is often the support people need to get going. They will be there to help push you and keep you accountable. They’ll also be there to cheer you on when you feel like you can’t do one more rep or one more minute of cardio.
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