The top 10 reasons you should be taking a regular Martial Arts / Sports / Self Defence Class in 2019
Total body workout: Martial arts training is a good workout that uses a lot of muscle groups in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through regular martial arts classes.
Healthy lifestyle: Due to the total-body nature of a martial arts training programme, and your active participation, you are now on the path to a healthier you. Over time you’ll also find that your natural eating signals become better regulated, so food cravings should be easier to deal with. (..provided that you also commit to cutting down on the consumption of biscuits, cakes, tasty sugar beverages, chocs, gummy bears, take-outs, AND mince pies .!)
Self confidence: Due to the goal setting, positive encouragement and respect for values that are part of all martial arts programs, the greatest benefit usually reported by martial arts students is greater self-confidence. You become more comfortable in stressful situations – whether you’re in danger or simply doing a task that takes you beyond your comfort zone (..e.g. ....putting out the bins)
Improved cardiovascular health: The only real way to improve the cardiovascular system is by participating in activities that stress the heart. Martial arts sports training is one of the best ways to kick your fitness to the next level. (..yea it's going to hurt a little... but think about the benefits.... after a few weeks you'll be able to get up out of the couch without passing out when heading to the fridge for a beer)
Weight loss: A two hour session of moderate intensity martial arts can burn up to 850 calories. (that's at least 4 mince pies !)
Improved reflexes: By training regularly in martial arts classes, you not only improve your reflexes while performing the activity, but you can also improve reaction times across a range of other activities of your life. (..e.g. avoiding crockery thrown by your beloved! ....avoiding groin strikes by your toddlers etc)
Focus and stillness: After studying martial arts for some time you will become more focussed and calm. A key part of all martial arts training is some form of meditation, where you practice being still, widening your awareness and directing your focus. (... dojo is best place for this ... not possible at home with young family)
Teaches good values: Martial arts practice (over time) helps everyone become less impulsive and aggressive towards others. Discipline and respect are also an important facet of martial arts dojo experience and you will learn that through cooperation with others your long term goals can be achieved. (..not going to diss this one!)
Muscle tone: By participating in martial arts, you can improve your muscle mass and burn fat. The higher your muscle mass, the higher your metabolic demands will be, and subsequently the more calories you will burn each day, thereby helping the promotion of weight loss. Higher levels of muscle mass also lead to increased strength and energy. Burning fat gets you more ripped (.. and gets you more notice from potential romantic targets)
Better mood: Participating in a regular exercise routine is one of the best ways to improve your mood. Taking a martial arts class 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. (... making you a less grumpy old bastard when you get home ...always a plus!)
Self Defence: Over time and with consistant practice, you will train your body to react and perform appropriately to varying personal conflict situations without conscious thought. Moreover, regular training should provide a measure of calmness in conflict accompanied with technical ability will provide for a measure of self defense capability to get you out of trouble in a tricky situation (...it's always better to avoid physical conflict, however if a situation escalates you will be better able to deal with it to extricate your self with a minimum of damage caused)
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