7 Ways Martial Art Can Help You To Lose Weight
One of the best methods to reduce excess weight is through regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, jogging, treadmill workouts, cycling or swimming. Nevertheless, there are some people who would like to improve physical fitness by participating in a more thrilling activity.
Such people should think of taking up a martial art, such as boxing, kickboxing, karate, or judo. Here are seven major reasons why one should practice a martial art for improving physical fitness and reducing weight. These factors will help in deciding whether practicing martial art is the correct step for enhancing fitness.
1) Martial arts strengthen self-assurance.
Apart from teaching various techniques to defend ourselves in case of sudden attacks, one of the major advantages of training in martial art is that it helps in boosting up one’s self-confidence. The increase in self-confidence is partially due to the awareness that they are capable of defending themselves against any assault.
In addition, it also gives a sense of fulfillment and makes the person who has mastered the technique to feel physically much stronger and mentally agile. When people begin to put on weight, they normally feel restlessness.
However, with training in martial arts and along with that increase in self-assurance levels, a person feels quite confident in whatever he does, including reducing weight, where obesity is a problem.
2) Martial arts help in improving balance and coordination in the body.
Martial arts consist of various techniques that require the body to be properly balanced and have a better body coordination. Regular practice of martial art techniques will strengthen muscles, enhance their flexibility, improve balance, coordination, reduce the risk of falls and bone related injuries and enable us to perform daily schedules better.
3) Martial art consists of variety of techniques involving physical fitness exercises, and several self-defense techniques.
Martial art training includes warm-up and cool-down exercises, body building and muscle strengthening exercises, ‘stretching exercises’, ‘cardio exercises’ and many more exercises designed to keep not only the body fit and healthy, but also ensure mental alertness.
Although there is an extensive range of martial art techniques, one should learn only those techniques that meet his individual interests and requirements. The wide-range of techniques includes highly specialized ones or easy, attacking or grappling techniques or mixes of all the techniques and can choose those ones that meet specific individual objectives.
4) Martial art training teaches self-discipline and facilitates motivation.
Martial arts are focused on specific targets and the training teaches how to get motivated on achieving certain objectives. The main reasons for failures in reducing excess body mass are often due to lack of discipline and therefore, doing martial arts regularly will provide proper impetus to achieve the set goals and if weight-loss is one of the objectives, it will help in losing weight progressively.
5) Martial arts and spirituality.
Martial art is an ancient form of physical training. Countless people have been practicing martial arts for over many centuries because besides physical fitness and training in self-defense, martial arts are capable of taking the practitioners to higher levels of spirituality by enabling interaction between body and mind and establish a better link between humans and the world around them.
6) Getting trained in martial arts is affordable.
Training in martial arts at martial arts schools are comparatively much cheaper than undergoing physical workouts in gyms and engaging a personal trainer for this purpose. Martial art schools charge a very reasonable monthly fee for receiving training and one can undergo training as often as he likes.
Besides low training expenses, a uniform and equipment required for martial arts training are generally comparatively cheaper.
7) Martial arts training have a social implication.
Most people who join martial arts sessions for reducing weight, enhancing physical fitness or learning the art of self-defense soon develop friendship with co-participants so much so, all of them enjoy thoroughly the sessions.
Many instructors of martial arts are generally good natured and they help in creating a friendly atmosphere with the result by the time they finish training, teachers and students become close friends.
To sum up, people whose focus is to not merely improving physical fitness or weight reduction but also do more stimulating exercises than normal aerobic exercises should seriously consider training in martial arts.
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