It’s no secret that practicing martial arts on a regular basis will sculpt your body, boost your health and, reduce your risk of getting various diseases. However, the benefits don’t just end there. Did you know that you can improve your social life by training martial arts? Whether it’s strengthening existing friendships or widening your social circle, martial arts can play a part in helping you out!
Want to discover how you can improve your social life? Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways Martial Arts Boosts Your Social Life:
1) It enables you to meet people with similar interests
If you want to expand your social circle and meet new people, why not do so at the gym? It is definitely a healthier option than the bar or club. After all, you will be burning rather than consuming unnecessary calories. And what better way is there to widen your social circle, while getting in shape, than training?
When you become a regular at your gym, you will be able to interact with fellow regulars, and who knows, you might be able to hit it off with them thanks to your common interests. As a result, you will be able to foster strong bonds and hang out with them outside the gym as well.
2) It develops your confidence
There’s no doubt that your confidence will grow by leaps and bounds when you train martial arts. The more you train, the closer you’ll get to meeting your fitness goals like, shedding that pesky body fat and toning your muscles. As a result, this will help improve your self-confidence, which you will then carry over to other areas of your life – including social settings.
If you find that you struggle to shine in social situations, then why not give yourself a much needed confidence boost by training martial arts? Trust us, you will not only look – but also feel – better about yourself, inside and out.
3) It teaches you to thrive in a group setting
Martial arts might seem like a solo sport because you enter the cage alone, but there’s so much more than meets the eye. At the end of the day, you will always have a group of reliable teammates that not only train and spar with you but motivate and cheer you on as well. Thus, you will learn to function well in a team.
What’s more, you will also find yourself in situations where you learn to empathize with your training partners or teammates. After all, you will all be in the same boat as you’re undergoing the same training. Hence, you will be able to understand their frustrations and spur them on during bad days, while also celebrating their victories alongside your own when you all reach your goals. This increased empathy will then enable you to be a better friend to your other friends as well.
4) It makes you a happier person
You may not know this, but you will actually be more pleasant to be around after training martial arts. This is all thanks to that endorphin rush you get after engaging in intense physical activity. If you’re constantly stressed out and in a bad mood, then you might appear unapproachable to others! Think about it: would you rather have a conversation with someone in a good mood or his unhappy counterpart?
When you release these feel-good chemicals in your brain, you’re not only turning your bad day around but also boosting your energy levels. Hence, you will radiate positive energy and we’re pretty sure your friends will enjoy your company much more.
5) It helps you to save money for things that count
Although you’ll initially have to spend money on your gym membership, trust us when we say it’s a great investment. This is because you will be getting into the best shape ever, and also spending your time working out and saving (instead of spending) the money that could potentially be used on social outings that don’t do your wallet or waistline any good.
While this could seem like you’re missing out on social time, the truth is that you’re actually creating the opportunity to decline invitations to outings you don’t wish to attend (e.g. forcing yourself to sit through a horror movie you would rather not watch!) Instead, you can use your savings to go on a nice vacation, indulge in a buffet or have a spa day with your friends! We’re pretty sure such activities will deepen your bond with those friends, and enable you to make more epic memories together.
So tell us, are you now convinced that martial arts has the power to boost your social life? Why not head to your nearest gym and find out for yourself!