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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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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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Sudden burst of energy

It sounds a lot like you experienced a "runner's high". This is something that usually is experienced by runners, as running is the most common form of aerobic exercise, and runners therefore ...
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How to reduce fatigue at the gym

I used to go to the gym 2-3 years ago. But now I rarely go, because after a break I can't really do any cardio: after 7-15 minutes at a treadmill I get really tired....I've tried 5-6 times [over the ...
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How to reduce fatigue at the gym

I would suggest working on intervals. Dave makes a good point in his answer that progress basically requires you to work at a high intensity day after day (with rest days, of course), but it sounds ...
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run out of stamina during workout

Training in the morning takes a certain amount of adaptation. Most people just aren't used to getting out of bed and 60 minutes later doing something pretty exhaustive. I'd suggest you look at two ...
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Need Workout advice for home training on Cardio and stamina. I'm Training for Ice hockey

I can relate to your experience. I rowed competitively for a club until an injury that required surgery sidelined me for 10 months. First off, you can't expect to compete at the same pre injury ...
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Is there a maximum amount of stamina you can have?

There are basically three different concepts that are related in this context. Strength, endurance and stamina. Many people use stamina and endurance as synonyms, but they have distinct differences. ...
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How come LeBron James have more stamina than an average person?

I imagine it has something to do with him being a full-time professional athlete with multiple full-time coaches optimizing his training.
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Building endurance after long term injury

As someone who trains triathlon and has suffered badly from a cervical disc herniation, I suggest you stick with swimming for quite a while. The flat truth is that swimming is unique. I can run for ...
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What is the physiological mechanism of 'gaining stamina' for a particular exercise

There are more explanations than this one, but one is what type of muscle fibre you strengthen. Muscle fibre type 1 are slow, weak but have high stamina, type 2 have low stamina but are stronger and ...
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Does it affect one's stamina to take a long break from gym?

You just lot a bit everything ! Strength, stamina, endurance. But it's normal, your nervous system and muscles are not used to being solicited that way anymore. But don't worry, it can come back ...
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Can Cardio/strength training improve "stamina" for long study periods?

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 ...
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How to practice and improve my time for a 5k run?

The same way you would have built up your first 5k jog, using intervals. 'Jogging' would be your 5k-in-35-min pace 'Running' would be your 5k-in-20-min pace Start with a 4min jog, 1min run, 4min ...
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How to reduce fatigue at the gym

For me its all mental, I go with full of energy and excitement to gym. Gym is a place where I have trained my mind to forget all the good/bad things and just complete my sets. I would recommend you ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

I once saw a Nova documentary -- Marathon Challenge -- in which they trained a group of "average people" to run the Boston marathon, in 40 weeks. One of the characteristics which they ...
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I feel heavy when I run and is lacking lower body strength need help

When starting out, we so commonly jump straight into running. This is natural, perhaps, since we all remember running around so effortlessly when we were young children. But it is so easy to forget ...
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How was Michael Jordan able to average 40+ minutes per game with all of his fast twitch muscles?

Say MJ sprinted and slam dunked. He then used all his muscle fibers both fast twitch and slow twitch. After that followed say 3 minutes of running around at moderate speed. During this time his fast ...
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How was Michael Jordan able to average 40+ minutes per game with all of his fast twitch muscles?

I think you're vastly underestimating the endurance capabilities of fast twitch muscle fibres. A person's proportion of muscle fibre types is not as limiting as you think it is. Type I ("slow ...
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Can I improve running stamina by increasing intensity rather than duration?

Can I improve running stamina by increasing intensity rather than duration? Yes, increasing intensity rather than duration is a perfectly valid way of training, and is even better under the right ...
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Learning about fitness for skiing

Here's a good summary of muscles involved in skiing (in my experience, it is based on importance): Quadriceps. Hamstrings and Glutes. Inner and Outer Thighs. Calves. Abs and Back. Arms. If you ...
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How to practice and improve my time for a 5k run?

Stamina gets built over time, and that time varies for everyone. Jogging and running are 2 different things. All you need to do is break down your goals and achieve it in fragments. Start with a 1k ...
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How to keep stamina for intense long duration workouts

If you are able to maintain the intensity till half-time of your workout, you, then you are almost done with what you are doing. Pushing a little further till failure would help, but pushing yourself ...
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How to keep stamina for intense long duration workouts

Train smarter not harder™. On a serious note, most workouts plans can be finished within an hour. Even bodybuilding workouts generally don't take that long. Mostly because if you have enough energy ...
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