Whether we’re talking about traditional disciplines Karate, Jujutsu, Judo or a more modern combat sport such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), boxing or Krav Maga, martial arts training provides the perfect platform for becoming a healthier and fitter individual.
Whichever martial arts discipline you prefer to practice in, there is an abundance of benefits to be gained – especially when it comes to your health and fitness. In this post, I’m sharing with you the top 7 health-related advantages that martial arts training can offer you:
1. Increased Mobility
Mobility and agility are things that many martial arts disciplines depend on. If you are looking to improve your ability to get across the ground and build up your body’s response to pressure, practicing martial arts is a sure-fire way to do so.
Furthermore, if you feel like a bit of a slouch, movement and speed involved in martial arts training like Capoeira are sure to get you moving with increased agility.
2. Strength and Power
Many martial arts disciplines give a particular focus to the ability of the physical body to be both, strong and powerful. This is especially true when training in Taekwondo that involves a tremendous amount of strength to execute complex kicks and moves will help improve the musculature of your whole body.
Repetitive muscular training is a foundation of a variety of martial arts disciplines, so if you are looking to get lean and build strength, practicing martial arts like Karate or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu might be the path for you.
3. Improved Flexibility
High kicks, aggressive throws, and acrobatic evasions are an important part of more than a few martial art disciplines.
To execute such moves will require a great amount of flexibility, so if you are not already flexible, participating in martial arts like Judo, MMA or Muay Thai will help to facilitate improvement in that area.
4. Improved Stability and Coordination
Alongside flexibility, training in disciplines like Krav Maga encourage an increased awareness and coordination. In order to execute effective moves, most martial arts training focuses on becoming more stable especially around your lower body so that you have a steady and confident base from which to operate. If you are prone to clumsiness or just sometimes have a lapse in basic coordination skills, incorporating martial arts into your physical training will likely to help you!
5. Lowered Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
A lot of martial arts requires rigorous fitness training. If you really want to stay healthy learning a martial art, it is one of the ways to do so that also allows you to gain valuable skills and discipline at the same time.
Practicing martial arts that involve agile and repetitive movements at high intensity requires a level of fitness that after a while may help to lower your blood pressure and heart rate.
6. Mental Concentration
A certain amount of mental acuity and perseverance is required in martial arts training like Karate or Tang Soo Do to remember and execute a series of moves or even to foil your opponent. Both the competitive element and the repetitive nature of many martial arts serves to refine your ability to focus and sustain mental concentration.
7. Stress Relief
If you are looking to become more centered and flow through life with an increased appreciation for the world around you practicing martial arts can definitely help you. Many martial arts focus on the importance of being aware and in control of your breathing and provide a significant amount of attention to ridding your mind of unnecessary distractions in order to focus on the task at hand. This kind of philosophy is translatable to many different spheres of life and is often a major contributing factor to relieving stress.
If you a running out of interesting ways to stay fit and healthy, which also stimulate your mind, then getting involved in martial arts training may be for you.
Whilst there are many more health benefits that martial arts training can offer you, this post outlined an overview of advantages that you can gain from practicing in almost all martial arts disciplines (perhaps excluding sumo wrestling). Should you decide to take up one or more disciplines, you’ll find that regular practice will lead to an improvement in a variety of areas that will make using your body easier and more rewarding.
By Justina Triasovaite, writer contributor at BookMartialArts.com. She is a certified female personal trainer and also runs justinatraining.com, a site with useful information for those who are interested in general fitness and body transformation.