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Health Benefits of Martial Arts - Part 1

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People everywhere want to be healthy for many reasons, the most obvious is to live longer and tol ook and feel better. With so many different ways to achieve our goals physically, how do we know which regimens are right for us?Martial Arts offers both physical andmental disciplines to assist you with your goals. Martial arts have evolved over the years and has many health benefits. There are many styles of martial arts and each has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and they all have several benefits in common.

Physical benefits of Martial Arts:
Cardiovascular Health: Martial arts training requires constant movement, which is great for your heart and your cardiovascular system.

Weight Loss: Martial arts training can help you shed any extra pounds you’re carrying. The best part about it; you’re more likely to stick with a weight loss program if you actually enjoy the workouts.

Increased Strength: Lots of Martial arts classes use calisthenics and other body-weight exercises as part of a warm-up or cool-down, which can increase your strength.

Improved Reflexes: To compete in martial arts you will need to perform various movements, defenses and attacks quickly; what is not obvious is that these speedy reflexes can also translate into other parts of your life. Faster reflexes can help with driving, sports, and many other areas where you need to react quickly to your environment.


Mental Benefits
Martial arts are not just about getting stronger or losing weight; martial arts training can also help improve your mind. Here are some of the mental benefits associated with training in martial arts.

Focus: Martial arts teach you to focus on your body and your actions, while tuning out distractions. This can translate directly into the rest of your life and allow you to stay more focused on the things you need to get done.

Discipline: Martial arts teach you to control your emotions and impulses, and require great discipline and years of training to become proficient.

Confidence: Gaining new skills, being part of a team, and improving your focus and self- defense can all lead to increased confidence.

Stress Relief:
Letting out your aggression on a punching bag or opponent can help relieve some stress, but that is not the only way that martial arts help keep stress at bay. Martial arts teach you to slow down and take things one step at a time; they teach you to accomplish one task completely and then move onto the next instead of taking everything on at once.

 

PART II COMING SOON - Here we will discuss choosing a Discipline and popular Discipline styles.

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