Building Stamina on your Treadmill & Elliptical
Stamina is defined as strength of physical constitution; power to endure disease, fatigue, privation.
Stamina is both a physical ability and an attitude. It reflects a person's ability to adapt, to deal with change, and to adjust to the normal stresses of living, along with recovery from brief bouts of acute stressors such as intense schedules, short deadlines, grueling travel, and conflict.
Stamina results from a biological principle. Simply put, biological systems respond to physical demands for change by adapting themselves to meet the demands.
If we stress ourselves short of the point of breakdown and allow a recovery period, then our bodies undergo an adaptation and can then tolerate a larger stress. It follows that the body's endurance can be developed, by systematically and progressively loading it with increasing physical demands.
Exercise is any activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness." A well-conditioned person has more staying power, fatigues less easily, and has more stamina. Even better, that person can use exercise as a tool to counter the stressful effects of work.
Aerobic exercise, like that practiced on a treadmill or elliptical trainer, has long been recognized as the most effective means to prevent fatigue and promote the endurance required for high intensity work. It is now evident from studies on aging that exercise is also the most powerful tool to slow the rate at which our bodies change with age and to maintain the stamina we need as senior leaders.
Physiologists have learned that aerobic capacity reduces with increasing age, but that aerobic exercise improves the efficiency of the heart, lungs and blood vessels as well as the performance of the metabolic enzymes that regulate the conversion of energy in muscle cells. Regular exercise has been found to reduce the rate of decline in aerobic capacity.
Using a treadmill or elliptical to raise your stamina is easy. First, determine what your target heart rate while your exercising should be, then begin a training program that gets you into that target heart rate every day. Make sure you get a treadmill or elliptical machine that allows you to easily monitor your heart rate while exercising. In just a few short weeks, you will notice that it takes more work to maintain your target heart rate, this is because your body is becoming more efficient and has increased your level of stamina. You will probably find that you respond to stress better and are sleeping more efficiently as well. Chances are you will be losing a few pounds of fat and have a bit more “spring in your step as a result.”
When you do aerobic exercise regularly and are in good shape, you'll feel better and look better. You increase the maximum rate in which you can take oxygen into your lungs. You boost the amount of blood pumped from your heart with each beat. You improve the activity of the enzymes in your muscles which convert energy from fats and carbohydrates. You expand the network of capillary blood vessels which feed your muscles while they work. You improve your outlook and mood. There is even some evidence that fitness improves memory storage and retrieval. All these changes reflect improvements in the efficiency of your body as a working engine.
So get started today. Know you know how to maintain a competitive edge in today’s busy lifestyle. Your Smooth fitness treadmill or elliptical can soon become a major weapon in your stamina management plan.
Always check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program or changing your exercise routine significantly. This is especially important if you have been sedentary for a long time , are overweight, have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health problem.
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