You may have grown up with martial arts as one of your first activities, as karate, taekwondo, and other styles of martial arts remain popular through the years. Not only can these activities keep the students physically active, but the practice can also provide a space for achievement, ethics, and discipline. Regardless of whether you’ve never tried martial arts in your life, it is never too late! Adults pick up the sport all the time. Here are the top health benefits of martial arts training.
- Intense workout: Karate and other martial arts demand quite a bit from your body, including stamina, muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. If you aren’t great at these things yet, that’s okay. You will develop these skills and muscles over time!
- Improved lifestyle: Of course, since these classes demand you work all your muscles, your body will be burning through calories like crazy. However, you might find that your natural eating signals become more regulated, meaning that your cravings will begin to fade and you may want to eat less junk food.
- Self-confidence: All forms of martial arts demand goal-setting and respect for martial arts values. You will find that all classes encourage students to push themselves to find out what they are truly capable of. By meeting goals that once seemed unattainable, you will find that your self-confidence improves drastically. Our students become focused and relaxed in most all situations, regardless of whether they are high pressure or not.
- Improved heart health: Research has shown time and time again that the best way to improve our heart’s health is by doing activities that put strain on our hearts. This includes martial arts.
- Weight loss: Just one hour of moderate intensity martial arts classes can burn up to 500 calories.
- Improved reflexes: Did you know that by participating in martial arts, you can actually increase your reaction speeds in all areas of life? This is a skill that is increasingly worked on in our classes, and it carries over into essential parts of everyday living—especially driving.
- Focus and stillness: Martial arts isn’t just about punching and kicking. It’s about self-reflection, focus, and determination. This is a great way to work on improving yourself and inching ever closer to your goals.
- Teaches values and morals: With consistent and regular practice, martial arts wisdom claims that students become less impulsive and aggressive towards those around them. For example, the Shaolin moral code comprises 12 ethics, 10 forbidden acts, and 10 obligations. Calmness, patience, and insight are all needed in order to excel at Kung Fu. This helps the students remember that they need to keep the right frame of mind and attitude while practicing martial arts.
- Muscle tone: You can improve your muscle mass and tone by taking regular fitness classes, including the ones offered at Thrive Martial Arts. The higher your muscle mass is, the more calories your body needs to go through the day. This means you’ll be burning fat even when you aren’t working out! Also, high levels of muscle mass have been known to increase agility. This will help you be less likely to fall in old age.
- Better mood: A regular exercise routine is one of the best ways to improve your mood. While karate and other forms of martial arts strengthen your body, they can also help you relieve stress in the process! Also, exercise in general releases endorphins, which can keep you feeling happy for up to four hours after you exercise.
Thrive Martial Arts
We at Thrive Martial Arts believe in offering a fitness program that is perfect for all ages and all skill levels. We also want to make finding the perfect dojo an easy process for you, which is why we have three different locations in Broomfield, Windsor, and Fort Collins. Your preschool and kindergarten children can have fun in our Tiny Tigers program, while you and your teen can attend our teens and adults classes. We also offer our Karate Kids class for ages six to 12.
If you’re ready to give our program a try, please contact us today! We can tell you a little more about our curriculum and help you decide if our dojo is the best choice for your family. Get in touch today, and we can work on improving minds and bodies together!