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I run daily 5kms but I cant seem to improve stamina when playing soccer

It's two different types of training. If all you were doing was jogging back and forth on the field, then your fitness would be just as sustainable as the other players around you. However, soccer is ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

Your answer lies in your own question: I'm a bit of a couch potato with a sedentary job, who normally gets out of breath walking up a few flights of stairs. Recently I saw an article on TV about an ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

If you are really interested in the biology behind fitness then I'd suggest reading Dr. Jack Daniel's "Daniel's Running Formula". I'll paraphrase a few of the points you would read there. The goal ...
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I run daily 5kms but I cant seem to improve stamina when playing soccer

Getting a little more technical than JohnPs answer, what it comes down to is Aerobic vs Anaerobic conditioning. With Aerobic exercise you are keeping within your "oxygen budget", your body has enough ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

Cardiovascular endurance and general conditioning. Simply put, the body will adapt to whatever your regular activities are. The fuel that you provide your body with also plays a part, but your ...
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The 10-percent rule in running: how to start?

As you've discovered, the 10% rule isn't really applicable to someone who is completely new to running. It requires that you already have an established weekly running volume that you can tolerate, so ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

I'm curious to know what makes him (and the walkers I saw) "fit" - where does his stamina comes from? He was stick thin like me, so I guess muscles don't play a huge role in it. I can only assume it's ...
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I run daily 5kms but I cant seem to improve stamina when playing soccer

What I find surprising, is that nobody seems to have mentioned your lack of sleep. 5-7 hours per night implies that you sometimes only get 5 hours of sleep. When you are working out and practice, your ...
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risks of running a marathon without adequate preparation

5km or 7km mileage once a week is nowhere close to proper preparation for a marathon. You greatly increase risk of injury by running a marathon unprepared. Go see a doctor about your knee pain from ...
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Diet to loose excess fat that includes raising the metabolism in the morning and fasting until lunch (2pm)?

Both your friend and wife are wrong. Your friend seems to believe that fasted cardio leads to greater fat loss, but it simply doesn’t. Your body might attempt to use more fuel from fat during such a ...
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Is wearing a training mask for running advisable or is it a gimmick?

tl; dr - Masks are (mostly) gimmicks. They advertise as being able to raise VO2 max, by simulating high altitude training. This would in turn, raise EPO in the body, which then in turn stimulates red ...
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How to reduce body fat?

You reduce body fat by being in a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat/drink). You build muscle by having a positive nitrogen balance (usually by having enough protein in your system). ...
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How often should someone run to maintain ability?

VO2 max can be preserved with a third of your previous volume. VO2 max is the typical measure used in research for quantifying aerobic endurance - it is the maximal rate of oxygen consumption ...
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Very overweight person trying to get fit

If you're trying to lose weight my suggestion is to focus on your diet. Focus on eating less calories than you are expending and you will lose weight. Exercise is great for your health but will do ...
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Running-101: For beginners who would like to give up smoking

Your question is pretty subjective, because nobody can tell you how much to run, or whether or not you'll even enjoy it as a regular activity. Same with diet and time of day, that's all personal and ...
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risks of running a marathon without adequate preparation

If you were to decide to attempt a marathon given the training level you've described, there's an interesting academic article that may be helpful in estimating your likelihood of finishing without ...
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How can I motivate myself if I am feeling bored of running?

Run for fun: Do not push yourself to reach a certain distance, speed, time or any other criteria for success. Just do what you like to do today, make a random choice each time you reach an ...
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What's a good 30 yard time?

You didn't run your 30 yard dash in 3.54 seconds. You didn't even come remotely close. If someone gave you that time seriously both you and them are deluded. You would be one of the fastest 15 ...
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How to listen to the body during a run?

This is very much an individual question, as everyone has different requirements and reacts in different ways to fluid and food intake when running. It's just very much trial and error to find what ...
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Why does it become hard to breathe in when running fast

From a Runner's World article: Breathlessness may also be due to fatigue of the inspiratory muscles, primarily the diaphragm. Just as we condition and build the endurance of our skeletal muscles, ...
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What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall?

What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall during a run or a bike ride? In endurance sports such as cycling and running, "hitting the wall" or the "bonk" is a condition of sudden ...
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How can control my heart rate during running?

The primary way to reduce your heart rate is to reduce the pace. The other way is to improve the technique, which will increase the efficiency, however this is not easy and the result is not likely to ...
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How to train for a competitive 10 km in two weeks?

I used the time predictor from this site: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/general/rws-race-time-predictor/1681.html Based on your 1500m time I am getting 38:13 for the 10k. You will not be able to ...
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Does running on trails require substantially more energy than running on roads?

While this is a very limited study (i.e. n=1), it is the only actual quasi-scientific case study that shows trail running versus normal running, and it indicates that there is about a 12% increase in ...
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How to reduce belly and face fat

In short, you can't target fatloss. You can however make some healthy changes to your life, most of which you've already done by the looks of it. Most people have a hard time losing fat on their ...
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Is cycling significantly better for knees compared to running?

TLDR: Yes, cycling is better for your knees (and more than that) Cycling is significantly better for not only your knees but also your ankles and your entire spine. The fact that you push a pedal won'...
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Trailrunning - What special considerations have to be made compared to regular running

Trail running challenges Running on trails and hills is harder in a few ways: Mental challenge. You have to pay attention to each step to avoid rocks, roots, uneven ground, etc. This mental effort ...
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Running plan review - for half marathon training

I'd take a look at the free half marathon training plans from Hal Higdon. Plans are available for all skill levels. The general formula for the beginner plans is as follows: Monday: rest Tuesday: ...
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Shin gets exhausted when running

The most likely reason is you pull up your foot when you run. This seems pretty common. Holding your foot up while running can exhaust your shins. It can also perpetuate heel striking which removes ...
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Why does the treadmill stop/stutter while I'm running?

The four different treadmills all reacted similarly and have a "stutter" when moving faster than a light jog. It's almost embarrassing for me now thinking my weight is causing this issue but ...
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