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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 also punctuated with short burst, high intensity dashes that require a different type of training. This is similar to many other sports that mix two different ...


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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 82 year old guy who has been hill running for decades, and still goes out every day. Stamina is something that can be trained like everything else. As @...


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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 is to get oxygen from the air to the muscles that need it. There are several systems involved in this process. Lung capacity Quite simply, how much air can ...


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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 oxygen available to supply the requirements of your muscles. When you are exercising at a constant intensity over a long interval you are in the aerobic phase, ...


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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 conditioning is what makes the biggest difference. Muscle size is largely irrelevant to something like walking, but it can help if you were trying to sprint faster. ...


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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 down to heart and lung efficiency? Well, a quick look at that man's body may not have given you an accurate enough picture of his body's composition. He ...


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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 body will become stronger and sleep is quite vital for that process. You want to regenerate and also replenish your energy. As others have mentioned, you will ...


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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 experience this quite often. They run for a while, get exhausted, and achieve a sort of second wind, or as you describe it, a sudden burst of energy. When you're ...


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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 course of a year], but it's always the same thing. Your problem is that you're not giving your body a chance to get better at cardio. One session where you get ...


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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 like you're running yourself into the ground on these workouts. Try spacing out shorter runs with periods of walking. When you start to get tired, walk for a time....


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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 level after a long layoff. It's best to set your expectations early. Just as your stamina took some time to diminish, it will take time to build it back up. ...


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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 different issues here, 1) the tiredness element, 2) the feeling sick. 1) Did you get enough sleep the night before? Did you go to bed at a reasonable time? Were ...


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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. Strength - The amount of weight/force your muscles can withstand or produce. Stamina - The amount of time that your muscles can perform at maximum capacity ...


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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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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 to stick to a strict workout plan(a written) and try to finish it before leaving gym.


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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 faster. This is why some people are born to be sprinters while some are born to run long distances. If you do many reps, your type 2 fibres will tire and the ...


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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 fast. The mistake you should avoid when coming back to the gym is to try to do the same exercises with the same reps/weight as you used to do. Two and half years ...


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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 ...


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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 jog, 1 min run...etc. (repeat until you complete the 5k) Once that is comfortable then increase the run time by 1 minute and/or decrease the jog time by 1 minute....


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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 miles and bike for hours, but the first time I got in the pool, swimming 25m was ridiculously hard. Swimming is almost entirely about technique. There is an ...


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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 measured was "VO2max" i.e. the rate at which people consume oxygen (measured by wearing a respirator/mask on a treadmill and measuring the difference ...


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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 that we also skipped, jumped, climbed trees, and suspended and swung ourselves on the monkey bars, too. Few of us can do these things without risk as we get older,...


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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 twitch fibers were recovering and he was only using his slow twitch fibers. After the 3 minutes had passed he was ready for another sprint and slam dunk. This ...


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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 twitch") muscle fibres generate ATP (the fuel that the muscle uses) primarily through the aerobic energy system, and have a slower speed of contraction and ...


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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 circumstances. There are many factors that determine how much endurance you have. Two of the most important factors are the rate at which the athlete's body can ...


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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 would like to get/stay fit for skiing you should target these muscles. Based on personal experience, the following exercises prepare me the best for the skiing ...


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I'll try to put this in layman's terms Cycling uses mostly legs, but running uses almost all the muscles in your body. By cycling, it trains your legs and heart to be able to deliver oxygen to the working muscles. However, it doesn't do too much good with adapting the arms/core as much as running. So when you run, your upper body and core will get tired ...


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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 run, and try finish it in 6 minutes and do it below 5. go for 2 k and try doing it below 10. Likewise, build up till you do that 5 in 25 and then work on reducing ...


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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 more is only going to have negative effect on strength and mass. Have a look at the graph of strength/mass vs workout duration. This is the site http://...


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