We often talk about the different types of training we do and why we are doing them. One question I get asked a lot is what is the difference between cardiovascular and muscular endurance.
Many think that cardiovascular and muscular endurance are one and the same, but there is a very distinct difference between the two. Knowing the difference can spare putting yourself through weeks and possibly months of training that will get you nowhere towards your goal.
At its simplest, cardiovascular endurance is the ability of your heart and lungs to deliver oxygen to the body’s tissues during sustained physical activity, for example, running a 5km fun run.
Muscular endurance on the other hand is the ability of a muscle to perform continuously for a sustained period without fatigue, for example, doing 50 push ups in a row.
Both forms of endurance have health benefits and it is important to incorporate both types of training into your regular workouts. This is especially important for people who are taking part in sports or physical activities that rely on both.
For example, runners who take part in half and full marathons require both an immense amount of cardiovascular and muscular endurance to make the distance.
Whether your goal is cardio related or more strength related, the best thing to do is to always include a good amount of both into your regular workouts. Try doing a class of each, or even alternating each week. And remember to always get the most out of all your training sessions!
See you next time 🙂