Here are 5 things you can do to help build your endurance...
- DO MORE: Whether it is doing 5 more squats, or 5 more minutes of walking, or adding another exercise to your daily work out... The more you push yourself, the more you can do.
- INCREASE YOUR HEART RATE: Get your heart beating a little faster. Use a 1-2 pound weights when exercising, or walk at a brisker pace. No mater what you do to speed up your heart rate, it will help build your endurance.
- WALK ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF GROUND: Walk on a different track that has a small incline, or randomly change the incline setting on your treadmill. Can't find a track with an incline? Don't have a treatmill? Don't worry! Change the way you walk. Lift your legs in a high knee lift, or add some lunges in while you are walking. This will have a similar effect.
- NO CARBONATED DRINKS: This was a BIG one for me up until a few months ago. I would drink 30-60 oz of dark diet soda each day, if not more. A few months ago, I started cutting out carbonated drinks, and have cut them out almost completely now. I mainly drink water through the day, and only hae a 12 oz clear soda occasionally. No more of those dark, diet sodas. I can't even stand the taste of them any more!
- STRETCH! STRETCH! STRETCH! : Stretching helps prevent cramping and pulled muscles, allowing you to push yourself further. You are more likely to use your muscles to their full potential if you have stretched and loosened them up rather than trying to exercise with cold, tight muscles.
All of these put together will help you build your endurance, helping you to burn those calories and get/stay in shape. The more you build your endurance, the more you can exercise and the more benefit you will get from it. Try it for a week and let me know how you do! I'd love to hear from you.