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Seven Important Health Benefits Martial Artists Enjoy

Posted on: January 6, 2015

With the rise of obesity and its related health consequences practitioners of Martial Arts are taking a stand by increasing their Physical activity. Through committing to a daily physical practice martial artists are enjoying the following health benefits that decrease their risk of chronic diseases:

  1. Higher levels of energy
  2. Improved muscular health
  3. Faster reflexes
  4. Sense of Mental Well-Being
  5. Increased Ability to Focus
  6. Greater self-worth
  7. Connection of Mind & Body

Research continues to build evidence that more physical activity leads to better health, while less physical activity to lowered health. With that said it isn’t that you need to be using every spare minute to be exercising, in fact research on adult activity determined that a total of 150 minutes per week which is only 25 minutes a day of moderate intensity physical activity reduces the risk of numerous chronic diseases, helps to preserve physical and mental health into old age and extends our longevity.

A More Comprehensive List of Benefits associated with sustained physical activity include:

  • Weight loss and/or weight control
  • Enhanced cognitive functioning and mood states
  • Reduced risk of numerous chronic diseases
  • Better health and function into old age, and extended longevity
  • Symptom reduction for clinical depression
  • Improved physical self-perceptions and global self-esteem
  • Increased and/or restored muscle tone and strength
  • Improved dynamic energy, flexibility of joints, muscles, and ligaments
  • Improved reflexes
  • Improved bone strength and density
  • Improved immune system function
  • Reduced physical stress responses

While most people understand these benefits and their direct association with physical activity many people find it challenging to sustain a regular physical activity over time, but engaging in some type of sport or class often helps keep individuals motivated. For those already engaged here’s a virtual high five! For those looking to get involved check out a new class or sport and remember:

This post has touched on the surface of the physical benefits of taking martial arts classes. If you have unanswered questions or would like to know more about any of the physical benefits of martial arts activities post your comments and questions here.

Hockmans ATA Martial Arts