6 Ways Martial Arts Helps You To Lose Weight

We all have our issues with weight. Whether it’s gaining it or losing it, it’s a constant battle we always struggle with.

If you’re currently practicing martial arts or interested in trying it out to lose weight, you’ve come to the right place. We at Evolve Daily understand your need to stay fit – and what better way to do it than through martial arts?

The best thing about doing martial arts as a form of exercise is that it barely feels like you’re exercising at all. Think about all the awesome benefits you get – confidence, self-defense for the real world, courage, mental strength, discipline and focus; not to mention the hundreds and sometimes even thousands of calories you burn unintentionally.

Curious to know how martial arts helps you to lose weight? Evolve Daily has the answers:

1) The endorphin-boosting warm-ups

Muay Thai students warming up before a class.

Muay Thai students warming up before a class.

Those of us who practice martial arts are all too familiar with the dreaded warm-ups.The 15-minute, cardio intensive warm-ups are there to prepare you for your classes.

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, classes always start with running, push-ups and movement drills while in Boxing and Muay Thai, students jump-rope for 5-10 minutes, jog and sprint. There’s no doubt that these warm-ups burn hundreds of calories on their own and prepare you for the rest of the class.

 

2) The endurance-building drills

BJJ World Champion Bruno Pucci practices a kimura on Muay Thai World Champion and ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.

BJJ World Champion and ONE Superstar Bruno Pucci practices a kimura on Muay Thai World Champion and ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.

Drills are the foundation of every martial arts class. They are technique focused and utilize repetitions to fully ingrain the techniques into the students’ repertoire.

In Boxing and Muay Thai, students practice combinations on the bags and pads over and over until the instructor tells them to stop. While in BJJ, students are instructed to repeat techniques at least 10 times in order for the students to fully understand them.

These constant repetitions not only build endurance, but strength and coordination as well. Remember, the more repetitions you do, the more calories you burn!

 

3) The strength and conditioning from sparring

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Muay Thai Legend Saenchai PKSaenchaigym demonstrates a sweep on Muay Thai World Champion Orono Wor Petchpun.

The amount of energy required for just a few minutes of sparring is on a whole other level. Endurance, strength, coordination, agility – these are just some of the skills you’ll need to successfully get through a spar.

Depending on your intensity during sparring, you could burn up to 600 calories or more!

 

4) The clean diet you choose to follow

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The more you train martial arts, the more conscious you become of your diet. Remember that horrible, sluggish feeling you get right after eating a huge burger and how it affected your last spar?

The better you eat, the better you perform in class – it’s as simple as that. And because you want to be the best martial artist you can be, you want to maintain your performance level.

In the end, this helps you lose weight because you’re not only eating better, you’re also avoiding the calorie-dense food that makes you gain weight in the first place.

 

5) The sound sleep that you get

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Lacking sleep? The intense workout you get from a BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing or MMA class will undoubtedly leave you feeling exhausted by the end of the night. Surely, nothing feels better than curling up in bed and dozing off.

Training martial arts helps you exert so much energy that the last thing you want to do is stay up all night. Not only will this give you the chance to get better sleep, but it will also help you lose weight. In fact, studies show a direct correlation between lack of sleep and weight gain!

 

6) The addictiveness of goal-setting and achievement

A Muay Thai student gets promoted to Level 2 by legendary Muay Thai instructor Daorung Sityodtong.

A Muay Thai student gets promoted to Level 2 by legendary Muay Thai instructor Daorung Sityodtong.

When you train martial arts, you become more focused and determined as a whole. You learn how to set goals and know what it takes to achieve them – nothing gets in your way till you become successful!

There’s no doubt that this attitude influences your weight loss goals as well. Because of the determination you’ve developed from constantly refining your techniques and sparring, you become as equally focused on weight loss.

 

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your weight-loss journey by trying out a martial arts class today!

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