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5 Ways to Increase Muscle Endurance

5 Ways to Increase Muscle Endurance
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Since the term endurance refers to the ability to sustain an activity for a long period of time, to build more muscle endurance you need to do activities that can be done for extended periods. Aerobic exercise refers to exercise that is done at a level that allows the body to utilize oxygen. Oxygen breaks down glycogen which provides energy for the body to continue with the exercise. Working at a level that both challenges you but is also not so demanding that you can not do it for long will help you to increase your endurance.

In contrast, anaerobic exercise occurs when you work out so hard and fast that the body can not supply enough oxygen. This means that the body no longer has the byproducts of glycogen available for fuel. Given this you will quickly run out of energy and will no longer be able to continue with the activity for much longer. While anerobic exercise will build more muscular power you will not be able to train at this level long enough to increase endurance.

An example of aerobic exercise would be running at a moderate pace. An anaerobic exercise would be sprinting.

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