We’re all camping out in our living rooms right now, because well there’s no other place we’re allowed to go. Most of us are abiding by strict quarantine guidelines set by our governments to encourage us to stay at home and stay indoors.
The global coronavirus situation has us all practicing social distancing, and by working together to stop the spread of COVID-19, we’re helping to flatten the curve.
Martial artists, just the same, are indoors. If you train martial arts, you’re in the same boat as everyone else right now, faced with similar issues such as trying to make the most out of this ‘stay at home’ period, and finding something productive to do with your time.
But while others are binge-watching their favorite TV shows, sitting on their couches playing video games, and eating all the junk food they come across, true martial artists are focused on continuous self-improvement and are using this extended period of time wisely.
Yes, boredom still creeps in. But we deal with it with discipline and perseverance. As martial artists, there are so many great things we can do with our free time, so that we’re never left wasting any of it.
Today, Evolve Daily shares five things martial artists can do when they’re bored at home.
1) Stay sharp with Evolve At Home
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As martial artists, it’s important that we always remain physically and mentally sharp by training consistently. One way we can achieve this is by adhering to a strict daily schedule of workouts.
Evolve MMA offers a special daily livestream of free workouts via its ‘Evolve At Home’ series. Learn from World Champion instructors from various martial arts disciplines such as boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and mixed martial arts. Pick up useful home workouts, and discover the intricacies and techniques of each martial art.
Discover various martial arts drills you can perform right at home, in the comfort of your own living room, in your garage, and with the people you are stuck in quarantine with. By following along with Evolve At Home, martial artists can stay physically and mentally sharp and never get bored.
2) Cook and eat clean
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Just as physical activity and staying in shape is essential for martial arts athletes, nutrition also plays a vital role in overall health and wellness. The food you consume is used as fuel to power your body, giving you the strength and energy you need to operate at your best.
Use this extra time during the quarantine period to learn how to cook healthy meals and get your nutrition right.
We’re all human, and we do succumb to temptation every once in a while. Unhealthy food is so hard to resist. But if you learn how to spot healthy alternatives to your favorites, cooking techniques that make wholesome and nutritious food taste great, then you’ll unlock the secret to cooking and eating clean.
Learning how to cook your own food and consume clean fuel is so important for athletes to get the most out of training.
3) Review fight footage
While normal people are binge-watching K-dramas right about now, extraordinary people like martial artists are using this time to better themselves. One way martial artists can improve their skills is, believe it or not, by watching videos.
But not just any videos — it’s important for martial artists to watch tape of other fights, to get an understanding of how other athletes move, and the thought process behind certain fight sequences. At the highest level of competition, watching tape is so important. The elite practice this, from the world’s very best fighters, to even basketball players, and the like.
ONE Championship has a complete library and a wide selection of nearly all its events via the ONE Super App, which is totally free. You can watch previous performances from athletes such as Japanese legend Shinya Aoki from the Evolve Fight Team, or ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee.
Nourishing the mind and soul is also of utmost importance during these extraordinary times. Martial arts isn’t just physical. It’s an elevated mental game as well.
Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee said it best: “The possession of anything begins in the mind.” This means that victory is only within our grasp when we accept it and embrace it, first with our thoughts.
Most of the time, we all have loads of thoughts cluttering our minds, whether they are issues surrounding us in our personal space, or problems we face every day in the world. Martial arts teaches us to clear the mind through meditation. It’s a daily practice that helps us prepare our minds and souls for training.
Another way martial artists enrich the mind is by learning how to breathe properly. By training ourselves how to breathe, we are able to control our state of mind, and we gain a sense of calm that invites serenity and balance into our lives.
5) Strength and conditioning
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Last but certainly not least is everyone’s favorite. Martial artists love to work on their strength and conditioning. Beyond just merely staying sharp, we have to be at the apex of our fitness at all times.
This means that daily, we go through a rigorous cycle of cardiovascular strength and conditioning drills, resistance workouts, and endurance workouts. It’s all about pushing ourselves to the limit every day, and raising the bar consistently to reach levels we never thought possible.
It’s this consistent daily improvement that is a prime characteristic of every true martial artist. We all strive to be at our best physically.
We may be stuck indoors right now, but that’s never been an excuse for those who are truly dedicated. We always find ways, and no matter the obstacle, we get the job done. When this is all over, it will be as if the quarantine never happened, and we never stopped training. Because we didn’t.
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