Okay, exercise. But it's mostly anaerobic exercise (meaning it's short bursts of activity that burns oxygen stored in the body) rather than longer-duration, continuous aerobic exercise that enhances cardiovascular fitness. And it's the latter I think I need.
And it takes a lot of time. To attend a 90-minute weekend class at 11am I end up with this schedule:
- 9:45 am Pack bag; change into dance gear
- 10:00 am Drive to the studio
- 10:45 am Arrive at the studio; warm up
- 11:00 am Class start
- 12:30 pm Class over; change clothes
- 12:45 pm Drive home
- 1:30 pm Arrive home
I'd also like to lose some of the accumulated aches. Some are just a consequence of getting older, but some can be traced directly to class activities.
So... I think I'm going to back off my dance schedule. I don't think I'm going to abandon it entirely, as I don't want to lose everything I worked to achieve. But maybe one evening a week for a while. In its place I need to introduce more aerobic exercise. At least that's the plan.