There’s no denying it. We all felt the distinct challenges COVID-19 brought to our laps last year. Everyone had a difficult time maintaining a healthy and productive lifestyle. After all, humanity has never before experienced a situation like this, and we’re doing our best to cope.
That extra weight you put on for the past few months staying at home? People call it the ‘quarantine body’ in jest. But gaining weight in an unhealthy manner is nothing to laugh about. Luckily for us, we have the power to turn things around. It’s never too late to take back control of your health and wellness.
A lot of people have turned to martial arts to help with that. Muay Thai, in particular, is a popular option for those who are looking to lose weight. If you want to get in shape in 2021, then Muay Thai training should be at the top of your considerations.
Muay Thai training can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour session. This makes it one of the best weight loss workouts available.
Still not convinced? We’ve got you covered. Today, Evolve Daily shares five reasons why Muay Thai is the perfect martial art for weight loss.
1) It’s a total body workout
Muay Thai is fondly referred to as ‘the art of eight limbs.’ Techniques utilize the fists, elbows, feet, and knees as weapons. The nature of the movements places great emphasis on total body fitness, engaging the upper body, core, and lower body.
Repetition of striking techniques, for example, punching and elbowing the heavy bag, the pads, or whatnot, all contribute to building and toning your muscles. At the same time, focus on kicks, knees, push kicks, and defense trains your legs and your core.
In the realm of cardiovascular training, Muay Thai pushes you past your limits with its fast-paced and very explosive drills that develop speed, agility, and power at the same time.
Like many striking martial arts, Muay Thai involves elements of calisthenics and plyometrics in training with varying intensity levels. The more skilled you become, the easier it is to push yourself harder each time, extending the energy efficiency of your muscles and stretching your VO2 max.
For this reason alone, you can already see why Muay Thai training is great for weight loss.
2) You’ll become obsessed with training
One of the biggest reasons Muay Thai is so effective at getting practitioners in shape and keeping them in shape is because of its ability to keep people hooked to training. If you’ve never experienced what it’s like to train in Muay Thai, the adrenaline rush itself will keep you coming back for more.
And that’s really one of the most important aspects of any fitness program — its ability to keep people interested and mentally invested in training. If any sort of training can get you to stick to it, then it’s most definitely effective.
At its essence, Muay Thai is a workout that is guaranteed to keep you looking forward to every training session. The fun and engagement of training your limbs to deliver precise blows are anything but boring, and before you know it, you’ll be addicted to training.
Muay Thai will consume your mind. You’ll look up new techniques and combinations, watch intense bouts, and spend a lot of your leisure time browsing Muay Thai content. At some point, you’ll be reading, breathing, living Muay Thai.
3) It teaches you to push past your limits
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Make no mistake about it, though. Muay Thai will test you in ways you’ve never been tested, both physically and mentally. There will come junctures in your training that will cause you to question why you’re doing what you’re doing, and times when you’ll come close to quitting.
With the help of your instructors, and your fellow gym mates, you can push yourself past that.
Mental fortitude is one of the best-known benefits of training Muay Thai. Aside from the obvious physical development of strength and speed, the discipline also forges a stronger mindset.
Your arms and legs will often feel like jelly after each session. But every day, you get a little better, a little stronger. You become more capable. You become an athlete.
At this point, you begin to realize that your limits are anything but physical, and you discover that you have what it takes to push past your limits right inside you. This mindset carries over even outside the gym, and you’ll find yourself improving and performing better at school, work, or life in general.
4) Melts away fat like magic
The fourth point, and perhaps what everyone’s here for, is Muay Thai’s ability to get you in shape quickly and effectively, in a safe and controlled manner. Most people who have just started training in Muay Thai are quickly surprised by how effective it is as a weight loss program.
The intense training Muay Thai offers includes elements of high-intensity interval training, otherwise known as the very popular HIIT. With it comes afterburn, which refers to the increased calorie-burning capacity of your muscles following a workout. This means you’ll be burning significant calories even up 72 hours since your last workout.
This is so important because coupled with a healthier lifestyle, Muay Thai will shape and tone your body into a chiseled rock. After just 14 days of consistent training, you will already begin to see major changes in your body. Remain committed to a 8-12 week program, and you’ll turn your life around completely.
When you get to that point, going to the Muay Thai gym will have already become second nature to you. It will have become part of your lifestyle.
5) It’s easily accessible
Last but not least, Muay Thai is the perfect weight loss martial art because it’s easily accessible to everyone, no matter the age or gender.
It’s easy to jump into training with little to no experience, and the techniques are simple enough to get right the first time. Needless to say, you will still have to put in the time and effort. You won’t get good at everything overnight, but if you stick to it and don’t give up, you will reap so many of the amazing benefits.
Muay Thai training is available pretty much everywhere these days. There are dedicated Muay Thai gyms, mixed martial arts gyms that incorporate elements of Muay Thai, and even traditional gyms that offer a Muay Thai program.
Muay Thai is a technical art that requires massive repetition of drills. But whether you are in the gym, at home, or away on vacation, there will always be a routine perfect for your situation.
So if you’re looking to unleash your greatness, get into the base shape of your life, and meet amazing like-minded people, give Muay Thai a try!
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