When you think of martial arts, the first thing that comes to mind is probably self-defense. And while it’s true that martial arts teaches you self-defense skills, it offers so much more.
Martial arts is a great workout! Rather than heading to the gym and hopping on a treadmill or making your way through a weight training routine, martial arts is a less traditional way to get in a workout and improve your fitness and health. Plus, you can also get started at any time. No previous experience or fitness level is required.
Here are just a few of the ways that martial arts can improve your fitness:
1. You get stronger.
Martial arts training is a full-body workout. Instead of training a specific muscle group, like biceps, on certain days, you get a total body workout in every class. You’ll build strength in your upper and lower body, as well as in your core.
2. You build endurance.
The aerobic component of martial arts training helps you build endurance and improve your cardiovascular fitness. When you first start training, you might find that you have a hard time catching your breath. But if you give yourself time, you’ll adapt and improve.
3. You lose weight.
Martial arts training burns calories and boosts your metabolism. Higher-intensity martial arts styles, such as Muay Thai, will promote weight loss more than a softer style, like Tai Chi.
4. You feel more energetic.
Getting up and regularly moving and exercising gives you more energy. When you feel more energetic, you’re more motivated to continue training. To maintain your energy and excitement, make sure that you’re giving your body plenty of time to recover between intense workouts.
Committing to a martial arts practice offers a lot of benefits. Depending on your personal fitness goals, you can lose weight, gain muscle, improve your aerobic fitness, and increase your energy levels.
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