How to increase your physical stamina

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Building stamina can help you run marathons, which are often organized to help raise funds for charity.

Endurance, which means the ability to last a long time, is often more important than strength in life. After all, being persistent and not giving up can overcome limitations both inside of you and in the world. When it comes to your body’s health, that means increasing your stamina with well-paced and increasingly intense exercise.

Whether we’re talking about running or lifting weights, once an activity becomes easy, the benefits to your body slow down. So, if running 1 mile is a cinch, try increasing it to 2 miles. If lifting a 10-pound weight 30 times doesn’t make you feel the burn, consider a heavier object like a 20-pound weight or increasing repetitions to 40 times. Obviously, it’s important to avoid injuring yourself, so don’t push too hard.

Don’t feel like you need to compare yourself to other people, because trying to show off by pushing your body way beyond its limits can be dangerous to your health. However, if you’re not totally out of breath or your muscles aren’t screaming in pain after your preferred exercise, be it swimming, playing a sport, or just chasing your dog around the backyard, carefully increase the intensity. Your mind is also key to long-lasting physical toughness. After all, pushing your body to its limits is rarely comfortable, and it’ll take willpower to keep going. Again, be sure to follow proper exercise techniques, and if you’re not sure, ask a P.E. teacher or the local gym.

The benefits of mega stamina include a stronger heart, increased mental focus, higher energy levels, greater amounts of fat-eating muscles, and feeling emotionally positive.

Featured image courtesy of pasukaru76 on Flickr. Image of marathon runners courtesy of Beth Sargent on Flickr.