Muscular endurance describes the ability of your muscles to perform contractions or exert force for extended periods of time. You can improve your muscular endurance by performing high-repetition resistance exercises. Muscular endurance programs may include performing a circuit routine that consists of multiple exercises targeting all major muscle groups.
Good muscular endurance may help you maintain good posture. You have muscles that connect to your spine that are designed for stability and control.These muscles are known as your core muscles, an endurance muscle group that supports your posture and alignment. Strength and endurance in your core muscles promotes good posture throughout your daily activities like sitting, bending and twisting.
Muscular endurance may also help protect you from low-back pain. The University of New Mexico website suggests that low muscular endurance contributes to low-back pain. Disorders related to maintaining a particular posture for an extended period of time may contribute to this. Patients with low-back pain may have lower levels of endurance in the lumbar extensor muscle group and weaker abdominal muscles.
Good muscular endurance is beneficial in performing sports and athletic activities. According to HumanKinetics.com, better climbers have more shoulder and forearm muscular strength and endurance. The online publication suggests that knee, shoulder and grip endurance explain nearly 60 percent of variance in climbing ability. Athletes with lower muscular endurance are unable to hold a particular position in sports like climbing for the same length of time as athletes that have equally good technique but more muscular endurance.
A study published in a 2010 issue of "Music Performance Research" suggests that muscular endurance may benefit musicians. The study suggests that people that play instruments are at risk for musculoskeletal disorders in the upper extremities. Musicians that participated in trunk endurance exercise programs reported a decrease in pain, fatigue and perceived level of exertion while playing an instrument. The researchers conclude that musician education and wellness programs should include exercise programs that improve trunk muscular endurance, because such programs help musicians improve physical aspects of performance to achieve higher levels of musical ability.
- Spectrum Wellness: The Importance of Muscular Endurance in Core Stability
- University of New Mexico: Fitness and Low Back Pain
- Human Kinetics: Muscular Endurance and Strength of Arms Shoulders for Climbing
- Music Performance Research: Trunk Endurance Exercise and the Effect on Instrumental Performance
- "NFPT Endurance Specialist Manual"; Ron J. Clark et.al; 2008
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