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Endurance training

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Background

  • Endurance training is the physical activity associated with increasing aerobic fitness. Aerobic fitness is the ability of the heart and lungs to supply nutrients and oxygen to the muscles and other tissues of the body. Through training, the heart, lungs, arteries, blood vessels and major body organs learn to work together more efficiently in response to vigorous physical activities.
  • Endurance, also referred to as stamina, is the ability to sustain long, stressful effort.
  • Endurance training activities include many low to medium intensity exercises that increase the heart rate, such as bike riding, running, and fast (power) walking, performed for very long periods of time. The goal of endurance training is to reach the target heart rate, in turn strengthening the heart muscle.
  • The main goal is to engage in an activity that increases the heart rate, such as running, swimming, or cycling, three times a week for at least 30 minutes. The word training implies that the exercise is done on a regular basis and not sporadically.

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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