In recent years, more and more people are opting for martial arts as a way to get fit instead of relying on normal workouts only. It may be a bit hard to see the connection between being taught to throw a punch or defend yourself and getting a fitter body. However, you would actually be surprised at just how good doing martial arts is for your fitness needs.
Benefits of Doing Martial Arts for Fitness
• Increased cardiovascular health. The cardiovascular system is composed of the heart, arteries, veins, capillaries and blood. Weak cardiovascular health leads to breathing problems, constant fatigue and heart problems. Martial arts stress out the heart making it stronger and better able to pump blood and improving the health of the whole cardiovascular health.
• Better health. Exercise in general is good for the body. Since martial arts incorporate the different body parts and are more demanding they can be very good for your health. Particularly, they lower risk of various diseases including heart disease, asthma and osteoporosis.
• Weight loss. An hour of moderately intense martial arts can burn up to 500 calories. Within a few weeks, you will notice a significant weight loss. As you well know, weight loss comes with its own numerous health benefits. Of course the best weight loss results are achieved when you combine the martial arts with a good diet.
• Better flexibility, balance, endurance and strength. Martial arts incorporate everything from strength training to endurance testing. This boosts your general body fitness levels.
• Better reflexes. Learning how to act and react very quickly is a cornerstone of martial arts training. This improvement in reflexes can come handy in other areas of life such as driving or even cooking.
Finally, martial arts will equip you with important self defense skills in addition to improving your fitness. These skills can become necessary when you are faced with danger.
Choosing the Right Martial Arts Style
When finding what style of martial arts to go with, it is best to start with simple ones that are not too extreme. Remember that your goal is to get fit, not injure yourself. Some of the most basic styles are Karate and Tae Kwon Do.
It is also important to find the right trainer or join a martial arts class. A personal trainer will definitely cost you more. You can look for and compare classes online or ask recommendations from friends and family. If you are looking at online classes (which is definately an option – think of it as the same thing as doing P90X or some other DVD workout routine) use a site like EndTheFightNow.com to pick one that looks like it will be the best fit for you.
The other thing to take note of is your dressing. A cotton uniform and belt are the standard wear. In most cases, you can train barefoot. But if you want to wear something on your feet, ask your trainer for recommendations. The most important thing is to be comfortable and ensure that you do not get injured because of improver wear.
When looking for a martial arts style to incorporate into your schedule, it is best to go for something that provides a balance of fitness workout for the whole body and self defense skills. Most importantly, find something that you will enjoy doing.