Endurance, or aerobic, activities increase your breathing and heart rate. There are many ways you can increase your endurance. For instance, walking is a great way to get your weekly endurance exercise in. When the weather is not ideal, consider walking in the mall
– it’s a sheltered indoor space free from traffic and bad weather.
Here are some additional alternatives to your Weekly Endurance Routines:
- Jump Rope
- Elliptical Machine
- Treadmill Jogging / Walking / Running
- Cycling – Stationary Bike
- Gardening (push lawn mowing, raking)
- Mopping or scrubbing floor
- Golf, without a cart
- Tennis (doubles)
- Stepper Lie Down / Stand Up
- Climbing stairs or hills
- Shoveling snow
- Brisk bicycling up hills
- Digging holes
- Tennis (singles)
- Swimming laps
- Cross-country skiing
- Downhill skiing
Endurance Exercise - Walking
- Stand with your torso in an upright position, with good posture. Keep your core tight.
- Begin walking as you normally would, focus on landing between your heel and the middle of your foot. Try not to land straight on your heel or flat on your feet.
- Be sure to swing your arms back and forth as you walk. Do not let your arms just hang down at your sides.
- Complete exercise for the desired amount of time.
Endurance Exercise - Jump Rope
Improve your Endurance by Jumping Rope (Rope Skipping)
The jump rope is a cardio and calisthenics exercise that primarily targets the calves and to a lesser degree targets the chest, shoulders, triceps, biceps, forearms, quads, calves, glutes, and hamstrings.
The only jump rope equipment that you really need is the following: jump rope, a gym mat (not too thick) and sneakers that support the balls of your feet (you can go bare footed also).
There are many jump rope variations that you can try that may not use a jump rope or require different types of jump rope equipment. You can definitely have fun trying some of the many variations.
Endurance Exercise - Elliptical Machine
1. Step on the elliptical trainer.
2. Choose the option you want to use from the menu. You can select a set program or you can use the manual settings. You may be asked to enter your age and weight – this will show you a more accurate estimate of the calories burned during your workout.
3. If the machine has a heart rate monitor, grasp the handles with the metal bars while using the machine. If working correctly, this helps by monitoring your heart rate to make sure that you are working out in your target range for your age.
Endurance Exercise - Treadmill - Jogging / Walking / Running
1. Step on the treadmill sides (not the rotating mat).
2. Choose the option you wish to use from the menu. You can select a set program or you can use the manual settings. You may be asked to enter your age and weight so that you can get an estimate of the number of calories you burn during your workout.
3. Start the program, then step on the rotating mat.
4. Grasp the handles with the metal bars while using the machine. This feature helps by monitoring your heart rate to make sure that you are working out in your target range for your age.
Variations: Walking, Jogging, Running and Walking Incline to name a few.
What it does:
Running: Treadmill running is a cardiovascular and calisthenics exercise that targets the quads and to a lesser degree the calves, glutes, hamstrings and hip flexors.
Jogging / Walking: Treadmill Jogging or Walking are cardiovascular exercises that targets the quads and to a lesser degree the glutes and hamstrings.
Walking Incline: The incline treadmill walking is a cardiovascular exercise that targets the calves and to a lesser degree the groin, quads, glutes, hamstrings, hip flexors and outer thighs.
Aerobic Exercise - Stepper Lie Down / Stand Up
2. Lie down on the stepper with your arms raised above your head.
3. Extend your right leg with your toes facing upward. Bend your left leg at the knee. Inhale deeply.
6. Repeat 12 times, then switch legs so your left leg is outstretched with your toes facing upward.
Note: Don’t forget to take a deep breath before exertion, then exhale as standing. Start slowly, this is harder than it looks but you can quickly master this aerobic exercise.