1. There are a number of things you can do to improve your endurance, but perhaps the best is to participate in a sport. Training for training's sake is very difficult to do, but taking part in a fun game is much easier. So while you can take up jogging or suffering through the Stairmaster, organized athletics are a great option too. Soccer and basketball are excellent team sports that will get you in great shape pretty quickly. Sports like racquetball, tennis, and squash can also be quite demanding, if you play against strong competition. If you take the easy way out, you're only hurting your own chances, so be sure to push yourself a little no matter what activity you choose.

2. When you have chosen an aerobic activity, begin by training for around 30 minutes a day, three days a week. You won't get in great shape in a few days, but killing yourself at the start won't help either.

3. Choose a manageable regimen like we have below, focusing on increasing the amount of time you train each week. To start, try a program such as this:

Time Activity Frequency 30 minutes Light jogging or energetic walking. Twice during the week & once on the weekend.

4. Work toward but don't go beyond:

Time Activity Frequency One hour Stairmaster, treadmill, or organized sports. Three times during the week & twice on the weekend.

5. Ultimately, your stamina will allow you to coast through the rigors of tumbling runs, elaborate lifts, and frenetic dance routines.

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