When you think about martial arts, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is self-defense. Yes, you can learn the skills and techniques for self-defense through martial arts. However, the benefits of training in martial arts extend into improving your physical and mental health, as well.
Martial arts is one way that you can get fit beyond your familiar (and perhaps boring) gym routine. It’s true that you have many options when it comes to the style of martial art that you pursue. But no matter which discipline you choose, with time and commitment you’ll see an improvement in the following elements of your physical health and fitness:
Martial arts training is a full body workout. Not only that, but the movements that you perform are not what you would find in your typical gym. You will not find any dumbbell curls in martial arts. Instead, your martial arts training will result in a more well-rounded level of strength and fitness that can carry over into your everyday life.
Your endurance and stamina are other elements of fitness that will improve over time through martial arts. Yes, you could get the same cardiovascular benefits through activities like running and cycling, but not everyone enjoys these. Martial arts allows you to develop your aerobic fitness in a more varied and applied way.
Because martial arts training involves the whole body, it requires you to move your joints through a full range of motion. When you’re just starting or you’re in the process of learning a new skill or technique, you might find yourself moving in ways that you’re not used to. These less familiar movement patterns are great for increasing your body’s flexibility and range of motion.
If you’re curious about learning more about martial arts training and how it can improve your fitness, let us know. View our locations to learn more about our program offerings and how to get started at Systems Training Center.