As well as discipline, respect, socializing and gaining confidence, Martial arts also has lots of health benefits! Through improving one’s skills during practice, a student of martial arts will also be able to build a healthier body and lifestyle.

1. Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular health is very important to manage, as it is closely linked to the health of your heart. Training drills in martial arts can really help ramp up your heart rate, helping to build cardiovascular endurance and increasing the positive impact of your aerobic exercise.

2. Muscle Tone

Students of martial arts can greatly increase muscle mass and become overall more toned. Punching & kicking requires a lot of strength, and can be very demanding of the muscles in your arms, legs, and core. Muscle mass and the metabolism are linked, the more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolic demand will become. This means that your body will burn more calories, even while your body is in a resting state.

3. Weight Loss

As previously mentioned, improving your muscle mass and tone can help increase your metabolism, which can then aid weight loss. Martial arts overall is a great form of exercise.

4. Reflexes

Fast reflexes are required for martial arts. Whether it be for sparring or fighting in a tournament, blocking & avoiding attacks from your opponent very important. Through repetition, your reflexes will improve and you’ll eventually start to notice faster reaction times in all parts of your life. Quick reflexes can help in a number of day-to-day activities.

5. Mobility

Many martial arts disciplines require mobility and agility and practicing martial arts is a brilliant way to improve your body’s mobility. Over time, you’ll notice greater speed and ease with movement.

 6. Strength and Power

While technique is important for an effective punch or kick, strength is also essential ensure that your attack has power. Practicing martial arts will provide you with the opportunity to train your body to become stronger and more formidable.

7. Flexibility

Executing such things as high kicks or avoiding attacks requires a fair amount of flexibility. In addition to this stretching regularly can help reduce the likelihood of injury, making flexibility important for any athlete.

8. Stability and Coordination

Every martial art requires its students to have good stability and coordination. When it comes to both doing the moves and blocking attacks, you need a certain amount of awareness and stability to be successful. Practice will quickly improve both of these qualities.

9. Blood Pressure

Most types of martial arts require rigorous training which in turn contributes to improved fitness. One of the benefits of engaging in any martial arts practice is improved blood pressure.

10. Mental Health

A number of studies have shown that exercise can massively help improve your mental health. Martial arts can help relieve you of your daily stressors and help you focus on the task at hand, getting rid of any distractions. Keeping active will also trigger your body to release endorphins, which naturally provide a positive feeling and boost your mood!

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