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How can I enhance my endurance for skating?

Endurance is an important component for figure skating. During a long or short program, the demands of the elements and movement skills can often leave an athlete feeling winded and fatigued. Although practice time on the ice helps increase endurance, it can also be filled with stops and starts which can disrupt the building of endurance. Working out on cardiorespiratory machines, such as treadmills, elliptical trainers, or stationary bicycles, can help with endurance. Outdoor exercising such as rollerblading or jogging can also increase endurance. It is important to find out which type of exercise works to sustain energy without depleting the body or causing excess fatigue. It is advisable to work with a certified trainer or instructor to choose the correct training tool, to have instruction on proper form, and set guidelines for progressing the duration of each exercise. Recovery periods are mandatory in any form of training. Proper nutrition, rest, and sleep will all aid in recovery and allow an athlete to continue the demands of training.

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