Martial Arts have been practiced almost as long as we have recorded history. Thousands and thousands of years spent perfecting how the body moves and fights. Initially, as the name states, martial arts were practiced for warfare. As time progressed they began to take upon more of a developmental role for those who train. With thousands of years of practice and success, the martial arts must be doing something right for those who train. We created a list of the top four ways that martial arts can benefit you.
Total body workout:
Martial arts are a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through martial arts. Martial Arts also teach ambidextrously, with a focus on having no weakness of either side or part of your body. Nothing is left out. More than the outward appearance, a strong benefit of martial arts is the strength of the smaller muscles in your body. Oftentimes we neglect smaller muscle groups in our body. Martial arts forces us to train these smaller muscle groups.
As with any positive change in one’s life comes increased self confidence. Martial Arts specifically adds to this self-confidence with the skills gained through training. Martial Arts humble their practitioners and those who train are often so self-confident that they have nothing to prove to others. Many fights come out of fear; Fear of the unknown or fear of being embarrassed. The Self-confidence which we instill stays with our members for their whole lives, benefiting them in both their personal and professional lives.
Weight loss is a numbers game. The number of calories you bring into your body must be less than the amount that you burn, this is the only way to lose weight. A one hour session of moderate intensity martial arts can burn up to 500 calories. This number is just about as high as they come for a one hour workout. Along with this amazing workout you are also learning an incredibly beneficial skill in a fun environment.
Researchers have found that participating in a regular exercise routine is one of the best ways to improve your mood. Performing martial arts is not only a good way to relieve stress and frustration, but may actually help to make you happier. The endorphins released by physical activity appear to be active in your body for as many as four hours after exercise. We have written blog posts before about the benefit that entering a flow state can bring you for your overall happiness. If for nothing else martial arts can be a place where you go to and forget the outside world for an hour a day.