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Although there are a variety of sports an individual could engage in for the purpose of having fun or staying fit, running can be particularly effective in helping an individual accomplish this objective. If you are an avid runner, it is quite likely that you have established some personal goals designed to help you be your very best. In many cases, it’s a good idea to set goals that pertain to endurance given all of the positive health benefits that result from doing so. If you decide to set endurance goals, consider implementing the following six tips so you can accomplish your objectives:

Eat Clean: In recent years, the concept of “eating clean” has become increasingly prevalent in the world of health and fitness. Although broadly defined, eating clean basically involves avoiding foods with additives and preservatives and rather opting for whole, unprocessed meals that are often largely comprised of fruits and vegetables. Eating clean is a good idea for runners who want to take their endurance to the next level because it ensures that you’re getting the proper nutrients to fuel your body for long distance runs.

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Get the Right Equipment: Getting your feet and running style tested can be one of the most beneficial extras you can do for your running skill and endurance. Once you get your feet tested and the way you run you have discover if you have anything from shin splints to flat feet and get the best pair of shoes to help you over compensate.

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Advance Gradually: If you’re attempting to improve your endurance abilities, it is important that you realize it’s a process. You won’t go from running for 10 minutes to an hour in a week. Developing this type of endurance ability necessitates that you allow your body and mind time to adjust to the demands you’re placing on it.

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Get Sufficient Sleep: Nothing seems to wear out a body more than a lack of sleep. If you’re sleep deprived, your running performance is likely to suffer, including your endurance. With this idea in mind, make it a point to get a sufficient amount of sleep each day.

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Work With A Personal Trainer: No matter how much knowledge you’ve accumulated about endurance running over the years, there’s always going to be someone who knows more than you-especially if they’ve obtained certification in order to help others maximize their physical performance. By hiring a personal trainer, you’ll attain expert endurance running advice while also ensuring that someone can spot and correct your form errors.

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Cross-Train: Although you may think that running long distances all the time is the key to maximizing your endurance, this is not the case. In order to function optimally, the body needs to be exposed to a plethora of different exercises. In addition to preventing injury, cross-training keeps more muscle tissue throughout your body active, alive, and pliant. Some of the cross-training exercises you should consider engaging in include cycling and weight-training.

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Plyometrics: Plyometrics that emphasize leg movements are very effective for runners. Doing exercises such as jump roping, skipping drills, box jumps, and high-knee sprints can help runners get their feet off the ground. This can be helpful for endurance runners who are attempting to increase speed and make better times when running long distances.

 

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If you are serious about taking your endurance to the next level, it is important that you remain receptive to new strategies that can help you accomplish your objective. By implementing some or all of the tips listed above, you will likely find yourself able to accomplish the endurance goals you set for yourself. Good luck!

About Author, Brionna Kennedy: Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.