January 27, 2024

The Mental and Physical Power of Stamina

The word, “stamina”, is defined as, the ability to sustain the prolonged physical or mental effort
 
There are a lot of wonderful fitness communities out there, but I think many of you will agree, that Mojo’s community has a bit more stamina than most…From “Backyard Mojo” to “Wayne’s World” (basement) Mojo to “At the Park” Mojo, and virtual Mojo…I am beyond humbled we have been able to keep pumping it out through stick and thin for 15 years. What a gorgeous ride we’ve had together!

Basement LIVEstream Mojo (During Covid)

 
While I have never written or talked about stamina, it’s at the center of every single fitness routine and playlist I create. If our choreography is fun enough, and the music is distracting enough, we don’t mind challenging ourselves, longer and harder, as well as frequently and consistently – which is the secret formula to being fit for life.

The only reason I am even writing about it now is because one of our friends, Jenn Tini, credits Mojo for increasing her stamina and, in turn, changing her life. 

Jennifer Tini Hom, center, in black…From left, Michael, Gema, Laura, Deena and Haidee

“I have truly built physical stamina for the first time in my life because of Mojo. I was never good at anything cardiovascular or high-intensity because of a breathing issue I have always had. But Mojo has made me become more aware of it with a new determination to get through every class by giving it my best. Now, I have made a conscious effort to sustain my current weight (She’s more toned and 10 lbs lighter) which I have never been able to do, but I’m finding it so much easier with Mojo’s methods!”

To help drive home how much Mojo has changed Jenn’s life, her hubby, Marty, told me recently that when he was first dating Jenn, about 12 years ago, she disliked exercise so much that she didn’t even own a pair of sneakers! 

With so many challenges in our lives already, is strengthening our physical endurance levels all that important to our overall health?  The short answer is, “Yes!”

Here’s why:
Physical Advantages
    • Enhanced cardiovascular health: Good stamina (VO2 Max levels) indicates efficient oxygen delivery to our body’s cells. This translates to a stronger heart, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes.

    • Increased energy levels: With improved stamina, we feel less fatigued throughout the day. This enhances our ability to tackle daily tasks with more vigor, leaving us feeling energized and productive.

    • Improved metabolic function: Higher stamina boosts our metabolism, helping us burn calories more efficiently, even at rest. This contributes to weight management and prevents metabolic issues like diabetes.

    • Stronger muscles and bones: Stamina-building activities like cardio and strength training don’t just improve endurance but also strengthen our muscles and bones. This helps prevent injuries, improves posture, and enhances overall physical performance. 

Mental Benefits:

    • Stress resilience: Strong stamina often translates to better mental resilience. When we can physically push through tough situations, we’re more likely to handle emotional challenges with greater resilience and cope better with stress.

    • Enhanced focus and concentration: Improved stamina leads to better blood flow to the brain, which can benefit cognitive functions like focus, concentration, and memory. This translates to greater productivity and mental clarity.

    • Improved mood and sleep: Regular exercise, a key aspect of building stamina, is linked to better mood and improved sleep quality. This overall boost in well-being can significantly enhance your mental health and emotional balance.

Overall Quality of Life:

    • Increased capacity for activities: With good stamina, we can enjoy a wider range of activities, whether it’s playing with our kids, hiking in nature, or pursuing a physically demanding hobby. This enriches our lives and opens doors to new experiences.

    • Greater confidence and self-esteem: Achieving physical and mental challenges through improved stamina can boost your confidence and self-esteem. We feel more capable and in control of our body and mind, leading to a more positive outlook on life.

In conclusion, stamina is not merely about physical endurance; it’s a key ingredient for a healthy and fulfilling life. 

Happiness and Stamina Stats:

    • A 2019 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness (a key component of stamina) were associated with greater life satisfaction and happiness, particularly among older adults.

    • A 2020 meta-analysis published in the journal Sports Medicine examined 22 studies and found that regular physical activity, which improves stamina, significantly reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, leading to improved mood and well-being.

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