Episode 4, part 1: Endurance, Sleep, and Stress

Nancy and I spent a long time talking about endurance and basic assessments last week. We divided this conversation into six, hopefully more digestible, segments. These discussions are meant to get you thinking about fitness in different ways and hopefully make getting fit and healthy more accessible to everyone. This is part one, endurance, sleep, and stress.


All human activities are endurance activities. Its what we evolved to do. And what is that exactly? Endurance can be applied to a lot of things, but the most important thing is that we be able to maintain our posture through a range of activities and intensities. When we can no longer maintain our posture, we fatigue and fatigue can cause all sorts of problems. Though endurance relies on both strength and cardiovascular conditioning, if you are having a hard time with postural or strength endurance, getting stronger will always help.

Before we begin any kind of training program, we need to know where we are starting from. In this episode, we talk about both sleep and stress and how important they are not only to our health, but our performance in the gym.

12 minute back video: https://youtu.be/Ezo-IsqfEVo

Radiolab Sleep episode: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/episodes/91528-sleep

More on sleep and how toxic lack of sleep can be: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deep-sleep-gives-your-brain-a-deep-clean1/

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