Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but starting an exercise or running regiment can be a beast of a chore. You may not be able to go for as long, and with as much intensity, as you want at first, particularly if you’re a beginner or used to a sedentary lifestyle. It’s important to know how to build up your endurance, so that you’ll be able to reach your exercise goals.
If you are just getting started, it’s important you start out slowly, in some cases very slowly. You may need to start with as little as 5 minutes of activity at a time. Keep an eye on yourself. If you can’t speak because you’re breathing too hard, or if you feel dizzy or a pain in your chest, you’re probably pushing yourself too hard. Be patient with yourself. You don’t want to get injured or give yourself a heart attack.
Start with a short time and low intensity and go from there. Start by lengthening your sessions first, and then work on making them more intense. You should write down your goals and keep track of your progress. As you work out, it should feel like you’re actually working. Building up gradually will help you do that.
Focus on your Heart Rate
If you want to increase your stamina, work on getting your heart rate up, and keeping it there. As you gain the ability to keep your heart rate up longer and longer, you’ll increase the amount of work you can do.
Routines are good. They provide structure and certainty. Unfortunately, they can also become stale rather quickly. So mix it up. Run one day, shoot some hoops the next day, and do some calisthenics the next. This will keep things fresh and you’ll stay engaged and interested.
Warm Up, Cool Down
It’s important to get your muscles ready to work, so be sure to do a little light activity be you begin your workout proper. Walking is good. End your workout session with a cool down period, so that you don’t cramp up. Again, walking is a good option.
All in all, the biggest key is to be consistent, be patient, and build up slowly. You may start off not doing much, but before long, you’ll be a workout machine!