Only one out of every five American adults exercise as much as they are supposed to. It’s the same across the board—men, women, the young and the old, all radically less fit than they should be. If you are an adult that doesn’t want to be a part of this deadly statistic, then martial arts might be right for you. Here are a few ways that martial arts can help with your physical fitness.
Improves Your Flexibility
Martial arts require a great deal of flexibility. As a result, most classes put a big emphasis on stretches and exercises that can improve your flexibility while also reducing your odds of experiencing an injury. Not only can stretching help you reduce the chances of experiencing injuries while you workout, but it can also help mitigate the risks of aches and pains that crop up during an average working day.
It Improves Your Endurance
A typical class may be anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour or even more than that. As the student participates in these extended workout sessions, they are simultaneously increasing their stamina and endurance.
A Well Rounded Workout
Martial arts training tests its participants on their physical strength. There is also lots of cardio that goes into each session. The well-roundedness of the workout ensures good overall health for the practicing martial artist.
Martial Arts Burns A lot of Calories
Finally, you also burn a lot of calories during a session of martial arts training. Every class is a little bit different but in most cases, the student will burn several hundred calories at a time. As you continue to practice martial arts you will burn fat and tone muscle which helps to keep weight off.
The regular exercise will also help you to mitigate the risk of heart disease and diabetes.