Secret (Sticky) Formula to Exercise Endurance

triathlonEndurance athletes are an inspiration. They run, swim, and bike without fading as quickly as the rest of us. What stops us in our tracks? Cramps, hunger, boredom and overheating. Those athletes must have a secret we don’t know.

I asked eight marathon runners for their personal advice for endurance. Here they are:

  • How to avoid cramping: Fuel up one hour before a workout, and eat a banana and drink some coffee and water.
  • How to avoid hunger fatigue: Eat 1) peanut butter on toast, 2) scrambled eggs on toast, 3) oatmeal, or 4) a protein bar before working out.
  • How to stay cool, fresh and energetic: Work out in the morning or evening, when it’s cool and ozone layers are lowest. Sip water before, during, and after your workout.
  • How to keep going: This one is one part psychological and one part physiological. If you’re outside, stay off busy roads. Explore neighborhoods, parks, trails, and beaches. This keeps your mind interested while you’re avoiding automobile pollution.

Do you have additional tips for athletic endurance? Let us know in the comments below.

Shelly Bowen is a professional writer and Web content strategist based in California. She enjoys hiking, dirt biking, kayaking, and running in sand.

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