E FOR ENDURANCE TRAINING
In the fitness world, we all love to share the moments in our lives where things are working. We post our awesome workouts and our motivational messages in order to get people on board with us, to take them on this fulfilling journey we’ve found with fitness. However, I’ve been thinking a lot about the times, and we all know them, where things aren’t working. Where it seems that our body has reached the limit we all talk about pushing. I’ve found that in my life, it’s not a matter of “can” and “can’t”, it’s a matter of “give me some time and I’ve got you.” It’s a matter of building that endurance to reach my next goal.
If you feel me on this, and I hope you do, I’ve compiled some tips for gaining endurance that I think apply to each and every one of us. Whether you’re training for your first marathon or your first mile, here are some attainable pointers to get you to the next level:
Set a Goal
This is the most important. You don’t wander aimlessly around the gym picking up weights and hoping that the muscles just show up, do you? (And if you do, just stop. Please, stop. Please.) Set a goal for yourself to keep you in it, that way your progress will mean something to you. It’s also important to remember that goals differ from person to person, they change daily, and someone else’s goal does not diminish or devalue yours. Ever. Set it, stick to it, thrive in it.
Keep Your Strength Up
This is tailored to all my runners out there. When you’re piling mile upon mile and getting that distance you want, you need to make sure you add some strength training in there as well. This doesn’t mean you have to kick it in to overdrive, but a few exercises two days a week can go a long way. The miles will be there if your body is strong enough to run them, simple as that.
When you’re endurance training, a balanced diet is crucial. It’s all about energy and gaining energy from what you put inside of your body. Make sure that you’re aware of what you’re eating and how it’s going to affect you in your training. Protein, healthy fats and even carbs (YES, you heard me right!), are good food groups to look to for your training.
“Werk” on What needs Work
We often find our fitness niche and stick to it, which is terrific! As I’ve said before, I’ve found a love for boxing, and I’d love to do it every day, but, I’m also conscious of the areas in my strength and body that I want to work on, and even though they might not fit in to my specific workout, I know that in the long run my all around goal will be met. Working on our strengths will only get us so far, the real growth happens when we focus on what our weaknesses are.
Rest When Rest is Due
Gaining endurance is already not easy, so don’t make it harder for yourself by over training. It’s important to be hyperaware of how you feel. Constantly be checking in with your progress, but also with your body. Don’t get me wrong, we still want to push ourselves (mind over matter, remember?), but we also want to realize when your body needs a break. Avoiding injury is key.
Well, there you have it babes. I wish you well in all of your endurance endeavors. Our lives are constantly changing, and along with it our goals, but keeping our bodies strong is just another card stacked in our deck. We’ve got this.
What about you? What are some things you’ve learned while building your endurance? Let’s chat and let’s learn!