How many times have you looked in the mirror and not liked what you see? Well, you’re not alone. We all have our fair share of days where we just can’t appreciate our bodies – whether due to the fact that we compare ourselves to airbrushed models in magazines or a lack of self-confidence. Whatever it is, we hope that you don’t have to deal with too many of these rough days. In the event that you do, we have a solution for you: train martial arts.
Some people probably start training because they hate their bodies (and want to lose weight or gain some muscle), but end up continuing with it because somewhere along the way, they learned to love their bodies and embrace themselves as they are.
Curious? Then keep reading. Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways Martial Arts Enables You To Love Your Body:
1) You’ll appreciate all that your body can do for you
We sometimes take our bodies for granted – especially because we’ve always had them. But here’s the thing: without your body, you wouldn’t be able to do very much! Fortunately, you’ll learn to appreciate your body when you train martial arts because you’ll be able to accomplish a lot with it; from throwing explosive punches at lightning speed to submitting someone twice your size. Over time, you’ll see how strong and healthy you’ve become and appreciate your body for enabling you to lead an active lifestyle.
2) You’ll learn to take care of yourself
Because you know how much your body goes through in training, you’ll learn to treat it with the care and respect it deserves. For starters, you’ll fuel up with nutritious pre- and post-workout food so that your body can power through your training sessions. What’s more, you’ll also make it a point to get enough rest so that your body can recover more effectively, and you’d be good as new the following day!
3) You’ll learn to listen to your body
Apart from the healthy choices that will benefit your body, you’d also learn to listen to it. That means when you’re feeling sore after 6 consecutive workouts throughout the week, you’ll give your body a break so as to not overtrain. And the best part is that you’ll understand your body on a much deeper level, because you’d actually pay closer attention to it, and figure out what it needs so that you can maximize your performance in the gym.
4) You’ll prioritize being healthy over everything else
As we mentioned earlier, some people start training martial arts (or exercising in general) because they hate how their bodies look, and want to shed some pounds and/or build muscle. Of course, this would happen when you train – after all, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in a Muay Thai class, and work all kinds of muscles when you’re grappling on the mats.
While you might be happy with your toned body, you’d learn that the numbers on a scale don’t determine how healthy you are, because healthy is a feeling and a lifestyle, not a shape or size. There’s no doubt that training martial arts keeps you happy and healthy – not to mention, benefit your mind and body – which is why most people end up doing it for a long time.
5) You’ll become a more confident individual
It should come as no surprise that martial arts builds your confidence. Besides the fact that you’d be able to defend yourself in the face of danger, you’d also overcome lots of training obstacles and even step outside your comfort zone. As a result, you’d be a much bolder individual and the best part is that you’d believe in yourself.
Along the way, you’ll also learn to embrace imperfection (including your body’s “flaws”) and be kinder to yourself. What’s more, you’ll understand that your body’s appearance doesn’t matter quite as much as its abilities. Psst! With that said, it doesn’t hurt to know that you’d also be less self-conscious when it comes to beach season, because of your toned body.
At the end of the day, your body is the only one you’ve got. So why not embrace yourself anyway? All of us at Evolve Daily believe that martial arts will help you see your body in a new perspective and appreciate it on a much deeper level. So why not try a class and experience it!