All physical activity you do has a strength and cardiovascular component to it. Every single thing without exception.
The only question is to what degree.
This is hugely important to understand because it can be the difference between you finding activity you enjoy and stick to for a lifetime, or being forced into activity you hate so you can manipulate your body (and hope to feel better about yourself).
Someone who struggles to get started with exercise might feel like they need to do weight lifting for strength and the elliptical for cardio in order for their efforts to be worth it.
They’ve been led to believe by hardcore no excuse trainers or even government guidelines that they MUST do these things in order to be healthy and fit.
And the result of this “advice”? They do nothing, because they don’t like that particular exercise, and anything less doesn’t seem like it’s enough.
In reality, the goal with movement is to just do something – anything that’s fun, energy producing, and life enhancing.
This is what creates consistency and adherence, which lead to all the short and long-term mental, emotional, and physical health benefits.
Ask yourself this – if you were the only person in this world, what would you do for physical activity and why?
That’ll get you started thinking about your exercise differently and detach you from the exercise/body manipulation association.
There is no shame in walking for movement, doing yoga, dancing, rock climbing, playing sports, or doing any other physical activity that’s outside the stereotypical diet culture box of choices.
Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not strength training or cardio, or that it’s not hard enough or enough for whatever reason.
These people don’t know you, your goals, where you’re coming from, your likes and dislikes, or why you choose to exercise.
You do you. Strip away the meaning you’ve attached to exercise all these years. It’s likely skewed towards body manipulation anyways.
Start with a clean slate. Think about what sounds enjoyable to you, regardless of whether it’s enough, and then take the steps towards doing it.