Endurance is the ability of any living being to perform work and remain active for a long
period of time while developing an ability to make itself immune to all the diseases, fatigue,
wounds etc. It is also making the recovery process from any injury faster, thereby it is the
key factor in fitness.
Endurance plays a vital role in any sportsman’s life to keep his body intact with all the fitness requirements of any sports. To master any sports, longevity to compete in that sports constantly for a longer period of time is necessary. The longer you dominate that field, the greater legacy you can leave behind in that field. All of this comes with better endurance
But how do you improve on the endurance then?
First of lets understand two types of :
1) Aerobic Endurance – It is all about your cardiovascular fitness. It directly affects your
body’s ability to provide right level of oxygen whenever needed, say while doing
exercise, gym or playing any sport. Maintaining a good level of aerobic endurance is
important – not just for athletes but day to day activities also. Training aerobic
endurance trains your heart muscle to cope with all the oxygen requirements.
2) Anaerobic Endurance – Anaerobic endurance is about physical improvements of
muscles where body finds a way to provide energy to power your muscles as a
substitute to oxygen. It is generally at a higher intensity than aerobic endurance.
A marathon or 1000-meter run is a good example of how aerobic and anaerobic endurance
both are important for us. In the start you need energy and consistency while managing
your oxygen levels whereas near the end you need a quick sprint in order to win the race.
“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into Glory.” - William Barclay
In order to improve endurance training your body in the form of exercises such as Running,
Muscle training, High intensity interval training (HIIT) is required to improve your endurance
levels in order to keep yourself fit. Endurance testing is also equally important to constantly
keep pushing your body to a higher level while assessing the results of your progress. It
ensures that our system runs smoothly without any failures or load while performing for
longer periods of time.
Thus, endurance is an important factor for not just any sport but daily conditioning of body
in order to stay healthy. If consistency is the key to achieve success in fitness, then
Endurance is a means to achieve that key.