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Increase Your Physical Stamina for Remarkable Health Benefits

Physical stamina is vital to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.  There is a saying, “you are what you eat,” and while this is very true, doing the right type of exercise, as well as paying attention to your diet, will ensure that you remain physically and mentally active and keep your physical stamina at its maximum.  Being overweight and/or obese can affect your physical stamina as well as other undesirable health conditions but you can take charge of your health and add years to your life.  Read further to understand how.

Obesity and the Effect on Physical Stamina

Obesity is one of the biggest killers in the United States today and its effect on the body is critical as it can cause many harmful side effects.  According to America’s Health Rankings, obesity is one of the most significant threats to health in the U.S as it contributes significantly to many different chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and certain types of cancers as well as overall poor health.  Two-thirds of adults in the United States are considered overweight or morbidly obese.  One of the biggest problems you may face if you struggle with overweight or obesity is a total lack of physical stamina caused by your condition.  And of course the more weight you gain, the harder it becomes to get motivated to exercise.  But it is possible for you to take control over your life with a consistent regime of a healthy diet and exercise–you will soon begin to feel better and have more energy, which will in turn lead to an increase in physical stamina.

The Benefits of Increased Physical Stamina

Whenever you exercise, your body produces endorphins (often called the body’s natural pain relievers).  You may well have heard the term getting an “endorphin rush” and this is what happens when you engage in exercise that will increase your physical stamina.  After a good workout at the gym or at home, you will come away feeling full of energy – this is the feeling of the endorphins working their magic.  Increased physical stamina will enable you to make the most of your day, as tiredness and exhaustion will become less of a problem.  Whether at work or play, you will feel better mentally, look better physically, and be more equipped to handle life’s challenges.

Potential Problems Caused by a Lack of Physical Stamina

Fatigue and lack of energy are the biggest problems you may face as both can affect everything you do in your daily life.  Even a mild form of exercise will help you to feel more able to cope.  A lack of physical stamina can affect your self-esteem inwardly and your overall results outwardly, since if you are constantly tired, even the small things will take more of an effort.  This can include your home life as a parent in coping with your children and domestic chores, your relationship with your partner or spouse, or even your spiritual life.  Leading a busy lifestyle will eventually require you to adopt a more physically active lifestyle or you will feel the results in achy joints, fatigue, and a general sense of stress and pressure.

The Best Types of Exercise to Increase Physical Stamina 

Exercise can take many forms as long as you are enjoying yourself!  Take an energetic walk, play sports like basketball, swimming, and tennis or go for a hike.  The important thing is to increase your heart-rate and respiration, pushing your body just one step further each time.  If you do not increase your heart rate and challenge your capabilities then physical stamina will elude you–the whole point is to increase your heart functionality and efficiencies to improve your overall health.  This type of commitment combined with a healthy diet will ensure that you are able to keep making progress toward your physical fitness goals.

Try to exercise at least once a day.  Start with an easy routine, perhaps walking, cycling or jogging and build it up gradually.  It is important that once you feel tired you push yourself just a little bit more – maybe another five minutes – but not to the point of exhaustion.   After a couple of weeks start to vary our workout by adding strength training or jump roping which is a fun and effective way to exercise.  If you have chosen walking or jogging as your exercise, you can make it a little more challenging by holding light weights while you exercise as long as it doesn’t affect your form.

Make a commitment to always find the time in your schedule for exercise even if you can only manage 15-20 minutes at one time.  You can even split your workout into three 10-minute sessions if necessary in the beginning and eventually work your way to 30 consecutive minutes.  The overall benefits to your heart, lungs and skeletal system will be excellent and your general feeling of well-being will make it all worthwhile.

 

Thanks for reading!

Contributor: Kim Farmer of Mile High Fitness & Wellness. Mile High Fitness & Wellness offers in-home personal training and corporate wellness solutions.  Visit  www.milehighfitness.com or email inquiries@milehighfitness.com

 

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