Cardio is necessary. Our heart is the most important muscle we have, if we don’t take care of it we die. Cardiovascular exercise will make your heart work more efficiently which means you won’t get winded doing simple chores around the house or playing with your children. It doesn’t matter if you swim, bike, run, dance or walk, just go outside and get your heart rate up for a minimum of 20 min.
The problem with all of this is when people claim one way is the best. Some yoga practitioners look like they haven’t eaten in a year but damn are they calm and bendy! Then there’s the strength training world; full of Insta posts with hip bridges, deadlifts, and oddly large chains. Some of them just need to put some clothes on or take a minute to see if they can even touch their toes. Runners can knockout some crazy mileage every week but ask them to pick up a dumbbell heavier than 25 and they’ll freak out because they might bulk up and get slow. All of these are necessary elements of fitness. It doesn’t matter if you deadlift, swing kettlebells, do triathlons, or calisthenics, all of them are good.
I strongly suggest EVERYONE participate in all three; go outside for a jog, learn to deadlift, and practice your pigeon pose. Just stay off of social media, don’t post pictures of your food, or tell the world how you killed your workout, nobody cares but you. After all you’re making this commitment to yourself to look better and feel better for you, so you can be a better more confident person and a better mom, dad, husband, or wife.