If you are looking to make some enhancements to your overall physical health in the New Year, the martial arts might just be the secret you’ve been looking for.
You’ll be learning a valuable life skill (self-defense) and you’ll have the opportunity to make some significant improvements to your physical health while you are at it. Your cardiovascular system is getting a great workout and building endurance, and sparring can be absolutely exhilarating.
The martial arts offer an entertaining way to become more physically fit. But like anything else in life, you get out of it precisely what you put in. If you pay attention in classes and work on your fitness in your everyday life, you’ll see improvements faster.
Improving Your Strength and Endurance
The minutes never seem as long as when you are facing an opponent or attacker in the martial arts. In an equal matchup, endurance is the only advantage. Regular practice of technique and strategies can improve your overall fitness levels, test your limits and accelerate growth. The martial arts are a great way to get back in shape and shed some holiday calories while learning self-defense.
If you are looking to compete on a higher level, incorporating some outside training into your routine can make you more effective, while enhancing your overall health. Doing some very basic exercises outside of your classes never hurts.
Running or biking can improve your cardiovascular health outside of martial arts classes. Achieving that elevated heart rate, even if it is for a short period, can greatly improve your overall cardiovascular health and endurance. Time on an elliptical machine can also help.
Kettlebell training can help with overall strength and endurance levels as well. Kettlebells are shaped like a cannon ball with a handle and are a Russian hand weight. Exercises typically involve swinging, pulling and lifting. They help tone the body, increase flexibility and burn fat.
Traditional bodyweight exercises such as push ups, pull ups or sit ups can also have a tremendous impact on strength. All of these exercises can help you improve in the martial arts, and increase your self-defense capabilities.
Simply making a commitment to learning the martial arts in the New Year can help you improve your cardio and strength – and make you more physically fit.