Best Endurance Sports

The Top Ten Best Endurance Sports

1 Boxing Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring..

Cross country or track should be up here or some kind of running

As a boxer myself it should be number one. It's a mental and physical sport. People who say it's not an endurance sport has never been in the ring or seen a match. Three minutes per round can feel like hours. It should be number one

You'd be surprised how much wind swinging your arms through the air for 3 minutes actually takes out of you

Boxing has to be one of the hardest sports out there. Not only mentally but physically, You're playing chess and you are the piece. Dancing, punching, pushing, and even worse, you can't kick.

2 Marathon

Hands down, this should be number one. I have completed a 5K race and I was in the 5th spot. You cannot imagine how much effort and endurance it takes to achieve a position in the top 5 spots in a marathon.

How is football number 2? You get a break every 8 seconds.

26 miles is long
104 football fields
i admire those people

It is 26 miles

3 Triathlon

The shift from sport to another is really very aggressive. You need to change your mindset, change your used muscles set, change your outfit, change your gear, nutrition, watering, recovery...
Imagine doing this in one round, in one day consicitive

People say swimming takes a lot of training but try adding running and cycling training to that. If you want to compete at a high level you have to be 100% dedicated as many of the top athletes could do well in any of the three disciplines in the olympics!

How does running a marathon require more endurance than competing in a triathlon when there is running a marathon, plus swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 miles in an Ironman?

I would say Ironman triathlon is definitely the most endurance sport and probably the reason just 0.001% of the population has completed it. It is continuous strength from beginning to end and can take 17 hours to complete. What other sport are you continuously doing for 17 hours straight with no breaks.

4 Track&Field
5 Swimming Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Track and field above swimming... Really? That's just annoying.
Swimmers train the longest and train at high intensity. The reason these sports are higher than swimming is because unless you are a swimmer you don't know what it takes.

Soccer players you are delusional it is not demanding, you have an off season, you barely train and the training isn't hard. I did soccer and swimming up until I was 12 because by 12 if I wanted to keep up I had to do what the rest of the swimmers were doing at that age and swim 9 sessions a week 2-2and half hours a session and that has just increased since, we train 51 out of 52 weeks of the year everyday morning and night for hours at high intensity and do gym and other training with no rest. You miss a session you get kicked out of the squad, you turn up late you get punished.

Endurance wise no other sports train more.

Most people are afraid of eating too much, we swimmers are afraid of not eating enough. I burn 2 days of the food I ate in only a sixth of my practice. We burn the most calories of all sports. We are glad that the pools we swim in are cold because after a while, your entire body is pretty much giving off steam. The young kids who decide to quit because swim is too hard, they still have no idea. They swam 25's. We swim 500's and more at a time. When people think of swimming, they think of diving to the bottom and coming back up. NO. It is nothing like that. Try to imagine this: You are running an 800. You are holding you breath and can only breath once every 100. You are kicking a 3 pound weight ball as you run. That is equal to a 200 freestyle.

I had a stupid arguement. The person who I was arguing with thought soccer was a more demanding sport than swimming. This person is wrong. You get yelled at for breathing. You have pull water and that is a lot harder than running through air. People are completely wrong when they say swimming is easy and they did it competitively. Well, you did it completely wrong! I tell people to go swim a 100 fly as fast as you can and than tell me what you think. We do more than that, but see what you think after barely a workout for swimmers. A lot of kids try competitive, but they give up young saying it's too hard.

Swimming is the hardest by far I hate when everyone says that its easy and everyone can swim but yeah maybe you can flop around like a retard and not go anywhere but try swimming for 4 hours a day every week just pounding your body until you vomit or just can't move anymore go on try it just try it for godsake!

6 Soccer Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is played with a spherical ball. The objective is to score the ball in the other teams goal.

I think Soccer moves you a lot without noticing you have moved that much.. also it gives active rest as of the pace of the game.

As for team sports go Football/soccer requiring the most endurance. 90 minutes of nonstop running and with only a 15 minute break. Basketball has significantly smaller courts and 48 minutes long in total. Football/Handegg is only 60 minutes in total but if you tally up the time when the ball is actually in play, the action amounts to a mere 11 minutes. Baseball although still requires skill (like all the sports mentioned before) but is vastly less physically demanding then the rest. A lot of standing waiting for the ball to be hit and running a short distance for bases. This was my breakdown of why Football/Soccer is more demanding the the most popular sports played in the States.

THIS IS NOT AN ENDURANCE SPORT, 90 minutes is nothing. Cyclists, marathon runners, some swimmers even. They're going at it for hours continually while here some overpaid guys pull 20 short sprints each and jog about for 60 minutes or so, it takes no energy at all compared to other sports. Putting football or soccer on here is just disrespectful to sports that actually need endurance.

You are sprinting for an hour non stop up and down a long field imagine having no subs while also you must quickly think and have good ball skills and coordination so for those of you who say soccers for pansies why don't you give it a try. not to mention all the phsycal contact in soccer

7 Cycling

Hands down, long distance cycling is the hardest endurance sport ever it is also said by census of ESPN...

The amount of physical strength it needs is huge but the mental strength it needs is just gruelling...

Completing thousands of kilometres on a cycle seems impossible

That's why cycling should be number 1

With the standard professional cyclists training for a minimum of 30 hours a week and having cardio vascular systems that are more efficient than any other sport due to their heart rates being high sometimes in the 170bpm for 6+ hours at a time it makes cycling and specifically professional road cycling THE most physically enduring sport there is. When you add in a Tour de France where they will compete on not only a difficult but long course but at incredible speeds 25mph for 2200 miles in 23 days the riders can drop to body fat percentages of lower than 4% and then there's the danger of crashing at speeds of up to 60 mph with little more than a small helmet (only stops your skull from fracturing), it makes it the hardest sport st the top level.

Cycling IS the 2nd endurance sport, I mean soccer (football) you stand for most of it and its boring. In the cycling the PROs ride for sometimes over 6 hrs none stop sprinting, it's VERY HARD and definitely is one of the hardest sports! - PeggyPenguin

Football? Are you kidding me? Really, American football--get out! Australian Rules football maybe but American football--go have a beer. Watch the Tour de France, 20 stages, 3497 km (2012) then see how many more tours these riders take on.

8 Water Polo

On top of the fact that swimming is hard enough from lap to lap, you have to continue pass and shot on the move. Water Polo is one of the most enduring sports in which you are constantly on the move. While eggbeating you are swimming lap to lap and passing without any breaks! Can you imagine doing all of that with no stop? To make matters worse water polo is a very rough sport and involves a lot of contact including punching, kicking, and drowning.

I love water polo. the average player swims 2-5km per game, believe it or not. It is a cross between swimming, rugby, soccer, and wrestling, in water. The game is only 30 - 45 minutes, but it is tough. It is important to hydrate whilst playing as you sweat a lot without realizing it.

Believe it or not,studies have proved that SYMCHRONISED swimming is just as hard as water polo, but requires your strength in different ways. A water polo player needs violence (sort of) but a synchronised swimmer needs to use all their strength and look like it's easy and graceful meanwhile.

If you thought swimming was hard you have not played water polo. it is all of the intensity of swimming plus constant treading with throwing, catching, and shooting mixed in as well. and not to mention the person next to you in the water that will swim over you and be trying to use you to help them float easier.

9 Tennis Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each.

You can be on that court for 2-3 hours, with barely any break. That pretty tough.

The longest Tennis match lasted 11 hours in 2010 at Wimbledon. With little break, tennis is an extreme feat of endurance.

10 Football American football is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.

They always are standing around for 90% of the game.

best sport

The Contenders

11 Rowing

This is incredibly underrated. Really I mean soccer, for endurance? And.. volleyball I mean come on guys. I have played almost every sport out there; soccer, LAX, I am also a long distance runner (this belongs on this list), and I can promise you this belongs in the top three. Have you ever anticipated something (like a 2k) with such fear that you wished that you would break a leg that day, only so that you didn't have to do it. Or you wished that you would pass out in a piece so that the pain would stop. Tell me oh soccer players, when is the last time that about 1/2 your team mates were crying in anticipation of a test. When is the last time you looked at a TEAM MATE and thought "i will do ANYTHING to get her spot." This being said I recognize that soccer IS hard, just not in the same mental endurance way that crew is. If there was a what sports require that most coordination, then soccer would win.

Most importantly though crew is addicting. The mental endurance it has given ...more

Nope... Have any of you ever felt like throwing up and kept pushing yourself until you did... Never stopping... And continuing on afterward... Rowing is pure hell of a sport but its addicting so there's no quitting. 5Ks are the worst... In the blistering heat... Your whole body aches... You feel like quitting but you have to much pride to let the rest of your boat down and your team... So you continue on and push yourself harder

I personally have rowed until my hands bled from blisters, thrown up while on a rowing machine (erg), but although it sounds all bad... I wouldn't trade it for the world... Because rowers have the BEST teammates!

Like being on the verge of passing out but your body refuses to so you have to suffer the pain. Breaks your body in the short term but there is nothing better than this for endurance and cardio.

I've done rowing before. Man is it hard work. Your arms get tired!

12 Basketball Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end.

you need to run 48 minutes against the greatest atheletes who got 40 inch vertical leap and are 6 foot 7 on average

Every played basket ball it hard work and its tiring

The best sport to ever be invented

I did it, and I did football and others too, basketball and swimming is rly hard!

13 Motocross

I think monster energy supercross is where it's at because they are literally tired after heat races yet they still have the biggest race ahead of them, many people think all you do is twist your wrist but in reality there using every last bit of them to win, it should deserve #1

I play hockey and do motocross and motocross is way harder and you need to be more fit

Should be #1. You are moving your body every second controlling that bike. If you are joy riding no. But if you're a profesional it's the toughest endurance race. 30+ minutes without a break. Can't slow down either cause you will get passed by someone who has better endurance. They are literally going 100% for 30+ minutes. Go watch a profesional motocross race and see what I mean.

You are always working your bike, good workout for the upper body.

14 Hockey

Field hockey is the most revolutionary sport in terms of speed and intensity. Rules are changed frequently just to speed the game up! Professional teams require around 22 on a yoyo test. Much higher than most other sports.

15 Cross Country Skiing

Arguably the most hardcore sport one can subject themselves to... 15th is a large understatement... almost as large as THESE GUNS yeet skiing is the epitome of endurance, feel free to fight me on it because I'll probably win

Non stop upper and lower body motion over snow

Cross country skiing has been proven a number of times to be THE MOST phisically and mentally challenging sport, your upper and lower body are working constantly, non stop

Cross country skiing has been proven a number of times to be the most cardio demanding sport their is.. Absolutely no unfit athletes, rock hard abs and training every day of the week not to mention racing at -20, sometimes for as long as 50km and the best in the world can do this in 1hr:30 and yes, that's 50km!

16 Wrestling Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

I run cross country, I've played football, I've tried soccer, but nothing compares to the difficulty of wrestling. Wrestling doesn't receive a lot of credit, but it sure requires more than every other sport I've tried. Imagine working full force in practice, then going home to constantly monitor your eating habits just to make weight. I've never seen that out of any other sport in high school

Go and ask one of your buddies to wrestle for two minutes. Then see how winded you are afterward. Then, imagine doing that against someone who's better than you and won't quit til the whistle blows. Toughest sport I've ever done.

It is the overall most difficult contact sport because of all of the skill and strength you have to have. And even though a match is only 4 minutes and 30 seconds long it's still the longest time of your life.

Wrestling should be right there next to a ring 3 minute periods and having to battle for your life you need a lot of endurance

17 Lacrosse Lacrosse is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick.

You run up to 5 miles as a midfielder, and yes there are breaks but you are always running as a middie on the field.

In you run so much more than most sports mainly in midfield and they also have to check shoot and hit people at the same time. My coach told me that if he ever sees any of us walking on midfield we’ll be taken out and won’t want to play us again so it’s like we have to run or we don’t play.

18 Cross Country Running

You think it's easy, til you try it. I went in already fit from years of soccer, swim, volleyball, and other sports, but none had prepared me for this. Training starts in May and continues thought the entire summer, even though the season officially begins in September. Practice is everyday for at least 2 hours, and regardless of hot/cold/rainy/ or muddy it is, meets and practices are never canceled. Truly one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports.

This sport is by far more physically and mentally demanding than most sports above it. I am sure that if told anyone not running cross country to go run the 3-5 mi they would refuse and if they did try they would not make it the whole way without walking. Also xc is one of the most mentally demanding sports there is.

I do agree that this is hard but I mean 2 WORKOUTS A WEEK! Train harder if you want to succeed... no harsh feelings - PeggyPenguin

70 miles a week is harder than everything above it except marathons

19 Badminton Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".
20 Volleyball Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.
21 Rugby

Rugby 7s requires you to run non-stop for 7 minutes, water break and then another 7 minutes. Within this period you often need to tackle other players going their fastest (takes a lot out of you) or you need to be sprinting, and throwing the ball. This sport works everything! definitely should be #1

Rugby is #22?! I'd like to think it's one of the manliest, grittiest sports out there.

It should be above soccer.

22 AFL

AFL is a clear #2 behind Marathon, perhaps because people don't know about the sport...

An average AFL player runs ~15km (9.5 miles) per 2 and a half hour game, along with incororating the physical hardness of tackling, bumping and well...fighting, AFL is EASILY the #2, if not #1... - AFL

23 Squash

Lots of stop and starting/twisting motions

24 Endurance Motorsport

Le-mans goes for 24 hours (up to 10 hour per driver)


25 Handball

It's a very endurance since I have played it for 3 years


26 Cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket, a set of three wooden stumps sited at each end.

Come on! Cricket matches can last 5 days!

27 Mixed Martial Arts Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.
28 Irish Dance

You need the best endurance possible for dance because if you die out you can be disqualified. Also you need to be EXTREMELY tight and pointed toes, arms in throughout the whole dance, you need to be able to push yourself high off the ground. You need your feet completely turned out or points are taken off. You must be on time or else you disqualified.
What do we have to do? Well for the Midwest championships we train for hours trying to perfect our steps. We have to do a 1st step right and left then a second step right and left then a THIRD step right and left or sometimes left. So how do we keep our endurance up?
~ All 3 all 3 all 3 NO STOPING (ABOUT 7 minutes of doing what I told you how you had to be when your dancing)
~Jump rope
~running for about 20 minutes no stopping if you stop you start all over again meaning 40 minutes!
~ we have to do pushups (50)
~situps (50) otherstyles too
~clicks for 2 minutes
~treble hop backs for 3 ...more

29 Netball

I do 1-7 hours every single day, netball athletes being among those reaching 13 in the beep. All sports are hard depending on the amount of energy and time put in to your sport!

30 Roller Skating
31 Baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding.

Oh poor you all you do is stand around the field most of the time... I've never seen a fit baseball player!

Really? 13? Horrible playing 4-5 games in a week? 162 games!

32 Cheerleading

Cheerleaders work really hard and train really hard and sweat a lot it just looks easy because THEY MAKE IT LOOK EASY cheerleading should be at least number 12

33 Horseback Riding Horseback riding (or Equestrian) is one of the most intense sports known to man. Not only because it's physically challenging, but it takes more than athleticism. Horseback riding takes commitment, time, patience, and most importantly building a bond with your horse. If you don't have a good relationship more.

Horse back riding gets breaks but you don't dismount when your on a break. And when your on break your actually just waiting for other people. You always have to be in alert. I know someone at my barn who was just waiting normally and her horse spooked and she broke her arm. You always have to know you are on a living breathing soul.

To ride, you must NEVER lose control of your mount. This includes using leg muscles for whatever time you are on. If you let go, the horse doesn't know what to do, and, if you are riding a green (inexperienced) horse, they could throw you off. You must keep directing this horse with your leg muscles the whole time you are on. You cannot stop.

34 Taekwondo

Full-contact combat sport that is composed of three rounds. Athletes fight using kicks, including spinning and high ones. This takes lots of energy especially when both athletes are very fast...

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