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5 Health Benefits for Adults in Martial Arts

Posted: April 04, 2017

Are you an adult who is looking for a way to lose weight?

Or is it that you need to strengthen your body? 

Do you simply want to develop better health and higher energy levels?

You should give serious consideration to getting involved in a good martial arts class.

Here are just the Top 5 benefits adults who take martial arts classes enjoy!

1. Sustainable Weight Loss

Participation in martial arts training obviously burns a significant amount of calories.  The bigger benefits come from the fact that the regular practice also causes a systemic increase in your metabolic rate, making your body a fat burning machine, even when you are resting! This makes any weight loss you experience during your training far more sustainable.  Martial arts training is also one of the few forms of exercise that is fun and travel ready, you can practice your martial arts anywhere, without need of any special equipment or space!  When you have a sustainable method for losing weight you reduce your risk of obesity and your chances of developing obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

2. Build Strength

Strength is a key factor in our day-to-day safety and wellbeing.   Increased strength will help prevent injury from normal day-to-day activities and help you overcome the “normal” aches and pains of daily activity.  Martial arts training will help you develop the strength you need to ensure your musculoskeletal health as you age.

3. Increase Endurance

Stronger and more adaptable muscles and a higher metabolic rate combined with lower body fat levels is the recipe for improved energy levels and endurance.  Ever had that “gassed out” feeling?  Wake up in the morning feeling exhausted?  That is the bodies way of telling you that you need more exercise.  Martial arts training is a fun and relaxing way to increase your aerobic cardiovascular endurance, the base for ongoing daily energy.  The bonus of martial arts training is that while you are building your energy base you can relax and enjoy the process, enjoying new friendships and support from your training partners!  Imagine building your ability to engage in physical activities for longer periods of time and enjoy doing it!

4. Enhanced Flexibility, Balance and Reflex Speed

Ever feel that you would be more confident and safer in everyday life if you were just a bit more flexible?  If you had better balance?  If your reflexes were just “a smidge” quicker?  Then martial arts training is what you need!  As you progress in your martial arts class, you will develop increased flexibility, become more balanced and see significant improvement in reflex speed and effectiveness. When you add these things together with your improved functional strength you become a safer and healthier person.  Imagine being prepared to handle for physically-demanding tasks and situations, even as you continue to age!

5. Getting to the “Heart” of the Matter

The most important muscle in our body, our heart, needs lots of attention as we age.  The exercise of marital arts training is both a fun and effective way to elevate your heart rate in safe and controllable manner.  By regularly training at or near your personal target heart rate you safely increase the capacity of your heart to power your body.  Combine improved heart function with lower levels of body fat and you have the formula for great health long after most adults have begun to fight heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Martial arts have so much to offer adults of all ages.  The practice of martial arts not only help you gain more confidence, learn self-discipline and become better prepared for self-defense, the practice has incredible and varied health benefits!

Whatever your personal goal, get started today!  It is a decision you will never regret!