One of the biggest obstacles that newbie fitness junkies face is stamina. Even experienced professional athletes are always searching for ways to increase stamina.
STAMINA IN THE AGE OF BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER
Once upon a time we thought Lance Armstrong was one of the greatest cyclist until the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released over 1000 pages of doping allegations. Armstrong and his teammates were in the hot seat, but it was Armstrong that got the worst of it. 7 Tour de France’s were undone due to one poor decision.
In the documentary, Bigger, Faster, Stronger documentarian Christopher Bell chronicle’s Mark Bell (brother) weight lifting and anabolic steroids journey. The documentary sheds light on how anabolic steroids and the American Dream interconnect.
DEFINITION OF STAMINA: PROLONGING EFFORT
Here’s a simple question: Doesn’t everyone wish to perform at peak levels? I like Google’s definition on stamina the best:
Stamina: the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.
When you think of stamina, consider longevity and the big picture versus speed. Stamina has nothing really to do with speed and the swiftness in which you run a race, unless you plan on peaking too quickly.
Some athletes have control of their body because they’re conscious and aware. Like knowing our vehicle and how far it can go when the odometer is telling us it’s on empty. I have a Prius, so my car is able to go a few miles on empty without filling up. But, every vehicle is different like every body is different.
We must know how our physical vehicle, which is our body, performs under pressure. Stamina takes focus and concentration, which requires supplying your body with what it needs to boost endurance.
BEST FOODS TO INCREASE STAMINA
Protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates are the three things to consider when wanting to increase stamina.
Nuts & Whole Grains
Nuts and grains are a great way to boost stamina because they have all three: fiber, complex carbohydrates, and protein. Nuts especially have a high fat content- it’s not what you think. There is “good fat” and “bad fat.” Nuts and seeds like almonds, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts. They contain low saturated fat (bad fat). So in a “nutshell,” pardon the pun, nuts help stabilize your blood sugar and prevent a crash.
Whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth, teff, and spelt boost the body’s metabolism creating energy naturally. Some whole grains such as quinoa amaranth, teff, and spelt contain vitamins, fiber and protein.
Kale is one of the best super green there is because it contains so much vitamin A and C.
One cup of kale contains:
- 134% of vitamin C
- 133% of vitamin A
- 10% of vitamin B
- 7% of magnesium
- 5% of iron
Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, and wheat grass are all considered super greens because they pack in a lot of nutrients.
DRINKING YOUR GREENS TO BUILD STAMINA
If you’re looking to get greens without needing to cook or juice; I highly suggest 310Nutrition Juice.
There are many super green drinks out now that make it simple to get the nutrients you need. I got rid of my juicer because it became super messy and time consuming. I don’t mind buying my juice now via powder form. It’s simple and just as effective as grinding away on a juicing machine.
The short answer is yes, but obviously it’s better to take fat burners when you’re ready to move. Most fat burners work the best when you exercise in conjunction with taking them.
310Nutrition Metaboost gives you the energy you need for your work out while stabilizing your blood sugar level.
Aside from containing caffeine, niacin (vitamin B) capsicum fruit and black pepper extract—310Nutrition Metaboost also contains chromium picolinate. Chromium picolinate helps to stabilize the blood sugar level and is also known as an appetite suppressant.
CHANGE UP YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE
You can motivate yourself by perhaps changing up your exercise routine. If you do the same thing every day, your body has muscle memory. Your body gets used to the same exercise and that’s when you can hit a plateau. So, try changing your exercise routine. Get motivated and perhaps even hire a personal trainer. Sometimes accountability is all we really need. If hiring a personal trainer is not in the budget, then get an exercise buddy that can work out with you.
LACK OF STAMINA AND OUR MENTAL STATE
If you have no energy, then you don’t have any stamina really affect your mental state. Lack of energy can = depressive moods and give us that “brain fog” feeling. Exercise = better mental health. When you exercise you get your blood flowing and you release endorphin. Endorphins are the “feel good” hormone that can turn that frown, upside down. Having mental energy allows us to focus on tasks at hand. Energy boosters such as eating stamina enhancing foods in conjunction to exercising can help ward off depression.
STICK TO WAKE AND SLEEP ROUTINE
Energy to run after your kids, fit the gym in when you have a full-time job takes stamina. In order to increase your endurance you need to eat well and sleep well. The human growth hormone releases during sleep, as sleep enables our muscles to repair itself.
Adequate sleep is crucial for muscle growth and mental alertness, so getting 8-10 hours of rest is important. Not everyone claims to need 8-10 hours of sleep, but quality 8 hours of sleep is absolutely necessary.