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How To Improve Your Endurance

Endurance is a key component towards overall health. Whether you are beginning your fitness journey or regrouping after an injury, endurance takes diligence and hard work to achieve. Luckily for you, there are many ways United Rehab Physical Therapy can help you to regain your endurance back.

Tips To Improve Endurance:

When building endurance, it requires lifestyle changes accompanied by a solid commitment to the physical exercises themselves. These include:

  • Proper Breathing

  • Maintaining controlled breathing will allow you to properly oxygenate your body, letting you stay active longer.

  • Fuel Your Body

  • Eating nutritious whole foods will help you improve your athletic performance.

  • Get Your Rest

  • If you are sleep-deprived, it will affect your workout. Aim for 7- 9 hours per night. Also, make sure to take 1-2 rest days per week in order to help your body heal. Your performance will improve when you are well-rested.

  • Hydrate

  • Hydrating in advance of a workout will help you avoid injury. Remember to only take small sips of water while exercising, as too much water can be uncomfortable.

  • Start Slowly

  • Take each workout as an opportunity to grow. Whether it's increasing your speed or increasing the duration of your endurance workout, slowly increase over time.

  • Don't Rely Only On Cardio

  • Make sure to include lifting days into your training- ex: run then do squats as this will help increase your muscle mass which has many added benefits towards your endurance training.

  • Choose Compound Movements Over Isolation

  • Compound moves that require the use of more than one joint, like neutral full thrusters, will improve your endurance. Isolated exercises, like bicep curls, may be great for strength training, they are not effective at improving endurance. The more muscles you can get working in a movement, the more you will be able to stimulate your heart muscles to build endurance

  • Switch Up Your Workout

  • This is essential towards building endurance and stamina. You need to move the muscles in a different way so that you avoid overuse injuries.

  • Add Explosive Movements To Your Workout

  • Explosive movements that take a lot of energy challenge your strength, endurance, and stamina simultaneously, in order to improve overall athletic performance. Burpees, box jumps, and power push-ups are good things to add to your workout routine

A physical therapist at United Rehab Physical Therapy can provide you with a personalized regimen in order to improve your overall athletic performance. Whether you are an athlete looking for guidance led by a medical professional or are recovering from an injury, we can help. Contact us today!

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