Stamina vs Endurance
“What is the difference between Stamina vs Endurance?
Stamina vs Endurance, a common question asked by many, and yet, one with no simple answer. But I’ll give it a try.
Stamina is a person’s ability to break down stored energy, like fat or glycogen, deliver it to the muscles and fuel the physical activity they are currently doing. Also known as “Muscular Endurance.“
The Meaning of Endurance
The word and meaning of “Endurance” is where all the confusion comes in. People around the world refer to any athlete who does a physical activity for extended periods, as someone with great Stamina or Endurance. Both words are used so broadly.
When in reality, Stamina is the only word that is dedicated to physical activity. But Endurance can mean a lot more, endurance refers to anything or anyone that can last, exists or persist for a long time.
“The cities endurance was tested to the utmost during the war.”
It can also mean other aspects of a person, like Mental Endurance or Emotional Endurance. Poker players have high Mental Endurance. They can play for hours on end whilst remaining sharp enough to calculate the odds of each hand and continue to read their opponents during the game. But how many of them could run or swim more than 1 km without stopping for a breather? Endurance could also be referred to as one’s ability to withstand pain or hardship. This person could be referred to as having exceptional “Emotional Endurance.”
There is even Endurance Racing, which is a form of motorsport. It tests the Endurance of the car and its ability to be driven around a track for 24 hours continuously. It tests the Endurance of all parts of the car as well as the drivers, usually a team of 4.
So the word Endurance is broad and does not directly mean anything on its own in the Health & Fitness world. If you look at the 10 Components of Fitness, you will see Stamina there but not Endurance. Not the word on its own anyway. You will see Muscular Endurance, which is Stamina and Cardiovascular Endurance.
What is Cardiovascular Endurance?
Cardiovascular Endurance is your heart and lungs abilities to oxygenate the blood and deliver it around the body, specifically to the muscles doing the work.
If Stamina is known as “Muscular Endurance”, then perhaps Endurance can be referred to as “Cardiovascular Endurance”. Both these two components of fitness are what makes up one’s ability to do physical activity for long periods.
Soooo, What is the difference between Stamina vs Endurance?
In my mind asking what the difference is between Stamina and Endurance is like saying What’s the difference between the “Colour Red” (Stamina) and the Word “Colour.” (Endurance)
But if anyone asks, you could tell them that Stamina means specifically and only “Muscular Endurance”. But Endurance means Muscular Endurance, Cardiovascular Endurance, Mental Endurance and Emotional Endurance. As well and any other aspect that someone would need to do a physical activity for a very long time.
Anyway, I hope that clears up what the difference is between Endurance and Stamina. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.