There are numerous ways to attain a healthy lifestyle, some people love running; while others swim, and there are some who utilize the numerous health benefits of practicing martial arts. For many people, when martial arts are mentioned; think of MMA fighters punching, kicking and trying to choke one another until there’s only one able to stand.
Yet, many martial arts also make for a method to achieve your optimal health. You don’t have to feel you need any previous experience, there’s something for everyone. Regardless of your current health, age, or experience level you can find the perfect style to begin your journey. Every style has general benefits, no matter what you choose you’ll be doing exercises such as push-ups, jumping jacks and strengthening your muscles through various stretching exercises you’ll do at the beginning and end of each class. Check out this previous post for “5 Terrible Exercises You Should Avoid”
Picking a style that’s right for you.
There are some benefits that are unique to each specific style, and picking one that works for you will require doing a little research to see if it’s something you’ll want to commit to. Even though there are thousands of choices to choose from, let's make it easy on you and present the top 3 styles that will improve your confidence and physical and mental health.
- Brazilian Jiujitsu
If you are interested in getting punched in the face – your best bet would be to give Brazilian Jiujitsu a try. A unique blend of Japanese Jiujitsu and Judo. It’s described as a full body work out that will have you activate all of your muscles from your neck down to your calves – as it’s known for its up close and personal style of grappling that is challenging to perform as it is exciting to watch.
Another high impact but equally challenging style of martial art is Taekwondo. Since it requires a great deal of flexibility, stamina and focus, you’ll naturally be beginning your practice sessions stretching and developing more flexibility, as well as calisthenics, running and various drills to improve speed and power. Many of these you can also do in your home workouts with minimal gear. Regardless of what you end up training in you want to wear something comfortable underneath, check these great shirts and joggers perfect for your next workout!
- Wing Chun
Wing Chun is a Chinese form of Gung-fu where the emphasis is on close quarters combat, making it a highly specialized art that utilizes quick movements of the arms as a means of defense and offense, and agile footwork to maintain a distance or advance towards an opponent. It will definitely improve your reflexes, and coordination of the hands and feet.
With the popularity of these arts there’s sure to be a qualified instructor in your area, so make the most of your summer; get out and get moving!