We often find ourselves slowing the pace of life, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. Every day turns out to be a mundane sequence of predictable and often bland moments. We wake up each morning, go to work, and then go home.
This is our routine. This is what we call the daily grind. But for those of us looking for a little more excitement, perhaps something to make life more interesting, we require one important ingredient — energy.
We all need the energy to do various things, whether it is to climb mountains, explore vast new cities, or simply just to spend more quality time with family and friends every once in a while. We spend our days grinding away at our jobs, only to be left with very little by the time we come home. Energy is something we all wish we had more of.
Martial arts is an amazing health and fitness program that gives us loads of energy, perhaps more than we’ve ever had before. By training us to maximize our true physical potential, martial arts is able to spark our energy reservoirs deep within our core, giving us the necessary fuel to do more with our time.
Everyone could use a little more energy to get the most out of life. Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways martial arts can give you more energy than you can ever imagine.
1) It turns you into a cardio freak
Martial arts trains cardiovascular strength and endurance better than any workout or sport in existence. It has the power to condition the human body into an energy-efficient machine. This is the reason why so many professional athletes cross-train in martial arts. It increases athleticism immensely and allows us to go harder and faster, for longer periods of time.
Popular martial arts disciplines that directly train cardiovascular strength and endurance include striking arts such as boxing and Muay Thai. The intensive and rigorous pad work exercises in both disciplines, followed by the constant fast-paced repetition of striking techniques is great in developing enhanced aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
After some time training, the heart becomes much healthier, and the human body is able to regulate oxygen much more efficiently, resulting in better energy management. Good, quality cardio is also one of the key components in weight-loss and martial arts provides many opportunities to exercise the heart.
2) Trains your heart with elements of HIIT
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the most popular physical fitness methodologies in existence today, and martial arts incorporates various elements of it into the training regimen. Because stamina and endurance is such an important part of martial arts, HIIT’s integration into the discipline makes perfect sense.
HIIT involves short bursts of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. It usually consists of various exercises performed in set periods of high-intensity, followed by low-intensity active rest and periodical breaks. The start and stop nature of the workouts directly stimulate your cardiovascular endurance, thus training you to go through energy more efficiently.
Many martial arts training sessions begin with a round or two of HIIT to get the blood flowing. It is also used as a device to work on conditioning and overall fitness. Whether you are training to increase the power of your boxing combinations, or strengthen the grip of your Muay Thai clinch, HIIT will ultimately work towards your athletic improvement.
3) Works out the entire body
One of the biggest reasons martial arts is such an effective workout is because it trains the whole body. By engaging all key muscle groups and making full use of every limb, we become fitter individuals and are more in-tune with how our bodies work. The more we understand what makes us run, the more we begin to comprehend our own energy levels.
Whether you are unloading your strongest punch combinations on the heavy bag, sharpening the technique in your roundhouse kicks, or rolling on the mats in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, martial arts will have you engaging your entire body in the toughest workout you have ever experienced, leaving you feeling the effects and reaping the benefits in a matter of days.
As your body gets stronger and your muscles become more accustomed to the movements and energy requirements of martial arts, you start to become a better athlete.
4) Stimulates your metabolism
As we age, our bodies experience a slowdown in the way it metabolizes calories, otherwise known as energy. We often find ourselves having to work twice as hard in our daily tasks just to reap the same results. With martial arts, our metabolism is constantly firing at a rapid pace, thus providing us with more efficient energy expenditure.
By training our bodies to accustom to the rigors of martial arts training, we keep our metabolism in check. Martial arts is one of the most intense physical exercise routines you will ever experience. Some martial arts, such as Muay Thai, can even burn up to 1,000 calories per one-hour session. This aids greatly to those who are looking to lose weight.
Furthermore, a good metabolism is key to making better use of the calories that go into our bodies. When we are able to use calories as fuel for our daily activities rather than keeping calories in our fat stores, we become increasingly efficient in our energy expenditure.
Want to feel less lethargic and more like you’re ready to experience everything that life has to offer? If you’re looking to gain more energy so you can do more with your life, then martial arts is the perfect health and fitness program. Experience the benefits first hand and start your martial arts journey by booking a complimentary trial class today!
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