Seeing all the men running 5, 10 or 15 miles a day, and lifting hundreds of pounds in the gym might make you want to jump in with both feet and start working out. However, chances are if you haven’t worked out in a while you are out of shape and need to work at building up your stamina before you are ready to start running marathons or lifting weights.
If you have a desire to look like all those other people in the gym, and run a couple of miles or lift hundreds of pounds you can it just takes time. The following are some tips on how you can quickly build up your stamina in the gym.
Start Out Slowly
Ten years ago, you might have been able to successfully run 10 miles in one day, but after such a long break you can’t expect to just jump up and run that much. Starting out slowly will allow you to build up the physical and mental stamina you need to reach your goals. Start your first work out by only working out for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this a few days until it feels comfortable for you, and then up it to 30 to 35 minutes. Do this until you’ve reached your goals.
Push Yourself in the Gym
Cheating or cutting corners during a workout is a really common problem many men suffer from because it is so easy to do. If you are trying to build up your stamina and endurance to workout it is essential that you work at pushing yourself to go further. For example, if you did 10 pushups the day before, try to do 15 or 20 the next day. If you are unable to do that many try to just up the number by one, you’ll be surprised how quickly you build up endurance over time.
Get a Personal Trainer or a Workout Buddy
Working out with a partner or a personal trainer can help motivate you to regularly workout. The idea of working out with someone often motivates most men to get up and head to the gym on a daily or weekly basis.
Not only can a personal trainer or workout buddy motivate you, but they can try to push you further during your workouts. They can work to hold you accountable for what you do in the gym, which causes you to try to push yourself to the limit and build up endurance over time.