I am a computer nerd. I spent every waking moment of my life sitting perfectly motionless in front of a computer screen. (Hell, I'm doing it right now!)
...except that once a week I spend an hour leaping around a dance floor like a crazy person. And you know what? It turns out I am absurdly unfit. Shocking, I know.
Anyway, there are 168 hours in a week. Doing a piffling 1 hour of extreme exercise and then spending 167 hours utterly motionless just doesn't cut it. I need to do more. Somehow.
So, my question is: How do I increase my stamina?
The obvious answer would seem to be "do something tiring, and do as much of it as possible". But do I want the highest possible intensity, or the longest duration? Do I want one continuous block of exercise, or lots of short bursts with rest in between? I'm not really sure where to start with this...
A little background, in case it helps:
By "dancing", I do not mean a casual waltz. (Although if you do it properly, a waltz actually uses far more energy than you might imagine, just so you know.) I'm talking about jumping up and down, kicking your legs above your head, waving your arms in the air, at devestatingly high speed. Sometimes I even get to lift my dance partner clean off the ground.
I can do all of this - just not for very long. So it's not that I need more strength or flexibility or coordination. The only thing I am missing is stamina.
I have been dancing for over 3 years now. When I say "I'm not getting fitter", I'm not saying that after just two sessions. I'm saying that after years of effort. After all that, there are people twice my age dancing rings around me.
In case I was whaffling too much:
My question basically boils down to "do I want a small burst of intense activity, or a large burst of moderate activity?"