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Not being a native speaker, I am not sure whether the word "stamina" is proper. I hope you understand what I mean.

My goal is to improve the stamina for study. I want to be spending more time on studying not being exhausted or losing concentration. It would be better if I can sleep less. Many people around me claim that I need to do exercise for that. I have no idea if that's true, but I'm going to try it anyway.

According to my understanding, roughly there are two types of exercise: cardio and strength training. And it seems that doing one type of exercise can cause a negative effect on the other. For instance, they say long distance running destroys your muscle.

I am going to try both running and weight training, and I want to know on which I should spend more time for my purpose. Is there any research on this topic? Or could you share your personal experience?

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For instance, they say long distance running destroys your muscle.

As a new person to fitness, forget about it. Yes running 20-40km in one session might deplete your levels and burn off muscle, but for most people, this doesn't apply at all.

I am going to try both running and weight training, and I want to know on which I should spend more time for my purpose.

Do both, and see what you enjoy? Something inbetween could be doing a bodyweight workout before/after running and incorporate both. Just remember to start slow.

  • Yes running 20-40km weekly might deplete your levels and burn off muscle , What sources do you base yourself on? I run 50km+ a week and i still have quite a muscular body (off course i do other training besides running too). – User999999 Sep 1 '16 at 9:24
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    I think I phrased myself poorly. I meant doing 20-40 km in a single session, not total weekly accumulated. I run about 20km a week in total myself(5km x 4). – cbll Sep 1 '16 at 10:10
  • Perhaps edit the response, because now its a bit confusing. +1 for the answer though. – User999999 Sep 1 '16 at 13:12
  • This does not answer to the question " does exercise improve with concentration on other tasks? ". – Liv Sep 5 '16 at 10:49
  • Nope, but it challenges the claim "For instance, they say long distance running destroys your muscle." and provides a more in-depth understanding of it. – cbll Sep 5 '16 at 11:00
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I run for 10-30 minutes daily. There are too many studies that point out how cardio boosts brain power and releases endorphins. Here's my personal experience:

1) It helps me avoid being sleepy in the afternoon.

2) It helps with another activity that requires alertness / stamina: Whenever I go on a long car drive (5 to 8+ hours), I get up bit early to run/jog for 20-30 minutes in the morning before my drive. When I do this, I arrive at the destination without much strain. On the other hand, if I don't do this, I arrive at my destination totally exhausted and not in a position to do any further activity for that day.

3) Helps me sleep better at night and feel rested in the morning.

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