Welcome back to this week’s edition of 2-Minute Tuesdays where we are talking about one exercise topic for two minutes and giving you three reasons why you should follow our advice. Now this week, we are talking to those of you who are looking to do some exercises to improve the endurance of your body. What things do you need to keep in mind with your exercise program to not only get the results you want, but make sure your body stays safe in the process?
1) Increase The Length of Your Activities Slowly
Exercise Tip Number One To Stay Safe With Endurance Exercise: Increase the length of your activities slowly. You have to do what you can do in order to one day be able to do what you cannot do, meaning you have to train and use your body within the limits of what it can handle right now so that it can build its condition to be able to go longer and longer in the future.
Action Step: Plan on increasing the length of your workouts by no more than 5-10% every 1-2 weeks. A greater increase than that may put you at a higher likelihood of injuring yourself.
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2) Connect With Your Local MAT® Specialist
Exercise Tip Number Two To Stay Safe With Endurance Exercise: Make sure to connect with your local Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) Specialist. As you are trying to improve your endurance, your muscles can start to take a beating. In order to make sure that your joints stay safe and protected, making sure your muscles are recovering well from your workouts and are able to continue to work well is of the utmost importance. This means that MAT® is an absolute must for you if you want to continue to exercise safely.
3) Perform Resistance Training At Least 2x/Week
Exercise Tip Number Three To Stay Safe With Endurance Exercise: Make sure you are doing resistance training at least twice per week. A lot of times, the things you may want to improve your endurance on are not related to resistance training. But, resistance training is what will allow your joints to continue to tolerate the activities you are trying to do. So make sure you keep up your resistance training at least twice per week so your muscles can keep your joints protected and your joints can continue to tolerate the activity you are working on.
Action Step: Not sure where to start with your resistance training? Enroll in our Virtual Membership Program here to receive the quality of guidance we give our clients in-person at Muscle Activation Schaumburg!