Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff

Improving your endurance is extremely essential to your health and physical strength. Boosting your cardiovascular health will strengthen your heart muscles and prolong your life expectancy. A good endurance will also protect your vital organs and keep your body fat levels low, which will prevent diseases and future health problems. Here are some quick and easy ways to improve your endurance.

1. Take it slow and one step at a time.

One major way to improve your endurance is to take baby steps and progress slowly. Give your body time to get stronger and adapt to your workouts. If you push yourself too hard, you might end up injuring yourself. When you’re injured, it takes even longer to reach your goal! One tactic is to try adding 3 – 5 minutes to your workout or run every day. This might not seem like a lot at first, but it will eventually accumulate over time.


2. Do some boxing/aerobic exercises

Cardio can be extremely monotonous for some people and the key to boosting your stamina is doing something fun and versatile. Boxing and aerobics like Zumba classes are a great way of improving your stamina and having fun at the same time. Boxing and aerobics is also a great form of high intensity interval training.

3. Music

Music can really boost your performance and make you run that extra mile. Don’t put on a Mariah Carey tearjerker but play something with a good rhythm and run to that beat. There are many inspirational playlists online or you could take some time and make your own playlist.

4. Nutrition

The right nutrition can really elongate your endurance just as the wrong choices can majorly slow you down. A good idea would be to eat carbs before exercise as they release energy quickly and fuel your workouts. Make sure you eat light carbs so you won’t feel so full that you can’t move comfortably. It is recommended to eat about 30 – 60 grams of carbs before a cardio workout. If the workout is more than one hour, eat again.

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5. Less break time

Even though point 1 says to take it slow, try to take fewer breaks during your workout. For example, if your usual break is 90 seconds, decrease your rest time by 30 seconds. Encouraging your body to recover quicker will increase your endurance in the long run. Better yet, only take a break when you really must. The harder you push yourself, the better (of course within reason!)