In this day and age, people are becoming increasingly stuck to technology—especially phones and computers. So what can I do but highly encourage you to become more active and avoid such a sedentary lifestyle. One of the top exercises I recommend is martial arts. What are martial arts you ask? That’s a good question! Martial arts are activities that include various sports and skills, all originating from self-defense. Check out the different types of martial arts below and find which one appeals the most to you!
Karate: HYAH!!! You better watch out before messing with me because I know karate! Other than providing self-defense, karate can actually improve your physical and mental health, build self-esteem, raise energy levels, increase concentration, and help you focus on the task at hand whatever that may be.
Boxing: Punch, kick, kick, and punch. Boxing was always something that was on the back of my mind, but I never ended up trying it out because it was never the “trendy” option probably until recently. However, it provides many benefits, including enhancing cardiovascular health, improving total body strength, decreasing overall stress, and developing better body composition by combining muscle-building strength training and periods of calorie-burning exercise.
Kickboxing: This is a form of martial art that combines boxing with various aspects of karate. In particular, it focuses on kicking with bare feet, which may help reduce stress, boost confidence levels, improve coordination, burn a lot of calories, increase energy levels, and ameliorate posture. With so many benefits at hand, kickboxing proves to be an all-around good sport to start pursuing and is also one of the reason why cardio-kickboxing has become so freakin’ popular!
Jiu Jitsu: WHACHA!!! Jiu jitsu is a type of a martial arts that allows you to combat and defeat armed opponents. But even more so, it teaches a smaller individual to defend him or herself against larger opponents with more leverage. One of the main benefits that this type of exercise provides is awesome self-defense, but learning jiu jitsu will also increase flexibility, develop fitness and core strength, release stress, and boost self-confidence.
While this list isn’t comprehensive by any means, it is a great way to get started with some of the more popular martial arts. Stay tuned for the follow-up! 🙂
Although martial arts is a great form of exercise and can be a big confidence builder, I understand that it might not be for everyone. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect type of exercise soon! If you have read this post, but are still looking to get in a good workout through another means, you can click here to find out more about running or here to discover what wonders HIIT could do for you!