Simple ways to increase your stamina

April 11, 2010

Lazy is easy. Getting used to a lazy and sedentary lifestyle does not take any effort at all. Most people report that simply growing older makes them less active.

As we go through school, university and office, our physical energy levels wane and we find lesser time to be active. But low energy levels can affect the functioning of your body as well as your mind. Increasing your stamina means a lot more than just becoming strong or muscular. It is about feeling more energetic and seeing yourself become ore energetic.

If you find yourself reminiscing about prior activity levels, try the following tips to increase your stamina:

Firstly, you can build a little activity into every day. Begin your exercise plan by walking. Walking may sound simple but it can improve your heart health and is good for your lungs. It gradually builds the muscles in your legs.

Follow up on your walking by running, when you feel up to it. Running is harder on your joints so start with short distances and build on it gradually. Do not forget to warm up your muscles. When running, you need to keep your heart-rate up for 12 minutes or more in order to really bring a change to your stamina.

Find a form of exercise which appeals to you, one that you can partake of regularly. It could be dancing, cycling, sports, aerobics, swimming or any other. Pushups, abdominal crunches, lunges, and like are great muscle builders that do not require massive power. If you like what you are doing, the chances of sticking with it are higher. Set some concrete but realistic and achievable goals and make sure you have the right equipment before you embark on this journey.

Whatever be the form of exercise you choose, remember that the crucial component in the path to increased stamina is pushing yourself past your barriers. Walk brisker than you did yesterday, swim 5 laps instead of 3, ride your bike a mile further. This may prove more difficult than it sounds but remember that things often get worse before they get better. Push through the exhaustion and soreness. Once you start, you will find it becoming simpler and very soon you will be able to see and feel the results.

Make a habit of writing down your goals and your improvements next to it. This will help you visualize your success and map the amount of change that has been brought about by exercise.

You need to make all the changes you can, in your daily routine, to ensure that you’re sticking to the programme. In this endeavour, having a friend give you company can make all the difference. A friend who shares the same goals can lend support, give encouragement and increase your motivation.

However, be careful. You need to be in good health overall before you begin a rigorous exercise routine or workout. While it is important to push yourself, take care not to push yourself.

The repercussions of even moderate activity are huge. You might not feel an instant jump in your stamina but remember that each tiny success adds up and, little by little. Slowly but surely, you will be able to relax, sleep better, concentrate more and you will find yourself feeling more energetic, active and full of life.