Stamina, who doesn't want this? Especially when it comes to training and working out. Improving our stamina leads to increased reps, increased sets, greater times, greater endurance, enabling us to smash PBs, workout and running efficiency.
Stamina is defined as: "the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort".
As we age, our stamina tends to decrease, so topping up our cells with vital nutrients and superfoods to ensure the building blocks of stamina are available, is a direct helping hand. These include:
Co-Enzyme Q10 is involved in the production of cellular energy- ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which, when our mitochondria are damaged (via oxidation) or aren't working optimally (due to diet and lifestyle habits), the efficiency to create ATP is diminished. CoQ10 can help to boost energy and stamina, as it enables nutrients to be utilised, like our B vitamins, and made into energy. It's also a potent antioxidant which is another win.
Activated B Vitamins
B Vitamins, as a family, work together to metabolise macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) and produce cellular energy- ATP. So, incorporating an activated B supplement into your life will see your stamina and energy increased, and recovery improved.
Cordyceps boosts oxygen utilisation and production in the body through supporting the lungs, and also increases ATP production- increasing energy and stamina.
Along with Cordyceps, both are adaptogens- enabling the body to deal with more. They essentially support us, which is beneficial when it comes to increasing our stamina. Withania has a boat load of benefits, and supports the body and our adrenals, preventing burn out and fatigue- enabling us to improve our reps, sets, strength, distance and time.
Improving your sleep and bowel movements will also lead to an improved utilisation of nutrients and oxygen, improving recovery and stamina, so don't forget to prioritise good, revitalising sleep (track your sleep with the SleepCycle App) and ensure your bowels are moving and happy (fibre, lots of water and magnesium are a good starting point).
Incorporating one or a combination of these supplements, along with adjusting lifestyle habits and ensuring adequate training and recovery, will see your stamina improved and the benefits reaped.
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Written by Eliza
Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition