Well, today is your lucky day! We’re going to tell you the secret to their incredibly lean physiques.
You guessed it. It is their shared passion for training martial arts that keeps them in shape.
There are two main things you need to work on if you’re serious about burning off the extra layers of fat that are covering up your abdominal muscles: a healthy diet that does not overload your body with calories and consistent exercise. Doing these two things will trim off all the excess fat around your waistline.
The problem is common exercises like running or going to the gym get boring really fast, and that may eventually lead to you slacking off. It is also hard to stay committed to a diet when you aren’t exactly the most disciplined person in the world.
Fortunately for you, martial arts training can help you avoid these issues, and you will even get a few additional benefits from it.
1) Burn more calories
There is nothing comparable to the number of calories you burn when you attend martial arts classes. Activities like running and going to the gym burn around 400 calories or less per hour, but a 60-minute Muay Thai class can burn up to 1000 calories. That is more than double the calories in the same amount of time. That makes each trip to the martial arts gym more productive. That is particularly important if you have a very busy schedule and can only get away for a couple of hours each day.
2) Keeps you motivated
It is a lot easier to stay committed to taking a martial class than it is to stick with jogging a few times a week or working out at home. That’s because these activities become repetitive after a while, so you only push through them because you want to be healthy, not because you enjoy them.
Things are very different when you decide to sign up for martial arts classes.
Every single class is unique in its own way, and there is always a new technique or drill to learn. You will also get to meet lots of interesting people while you train. The encouragement and advice you get from your training partners will give you the extra motivation you need to stay disciplined. By enjoying your training, you will no doubt train more consistently and be able to keep up the routine longer, thus resulting in that shredded six pack.
3) Works your core
Attending a martial arts class will also give your core a great workout while you learn new exercises you can perform at home during your downtime. Many martial arts techniques that involve twisting and turning, such as a Muay Thai kick or a BJJ his escape, work your core without you even realizing. Your core consists of the many muscles and organs in your torso. By consistently contracting and relaxing your core muscles while performing martial arts drills and techniques, your abdominal muscles and the muscles surrounding it get a very good workout. This means your six pack will look even more impressive when all the extra layers of fat are removed. You might even end up with the highly sought after eight pack.
4) Teaches you discipline
Another awesome benefit that comes with martial arts classes is learning how to become more disciplined. It’s one of those universal values that all martial arts share. No one becomes a black belt in a few days or months.
Progress comes slowly and with lots of hard work. It is about training consistently and figuring out ways to integrate the things you have just learned with the techniques you are already comfortable with. Not every technique will come naturally to you. Some will appear a lot harder than others, but with discipline and perseverance, you will eventually learn any technique you commit yourself to.
That discipline you acquire will give you the strength you need to stay dedicated to improving yourself as a martial artist, and getting the shredded abs you have always dreamed off.
5) Makes it easier to stick with a diet
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The reasons for this should be fairly obvious given the points we have already covered. Martial arts teach you how to be disciplined, and that will make it easier for you to stick to your diet and avoid those icing covered cupcakes you like.
We also know that martial arts classes burn more calories than pretty much any exercises you can think off, which means your diet won’t have to be too restrictive since you’re burning over a thousand calories each session. To put this all in perspective, the average person consumes around 2400 calories per day, so you’re basically burning off half the food you have consumed each day when you train.
That means you get to eat all your favorite foods in moderation while burning belly fat. If you are getting satisfaction out of your diet, you are more likely to stick with it and reap the long-term rewards.
The benefits of signing up for martial arts classes don’t stop there. There are additional benefits like:
- Learning how to defend yourself
- Gaining increased confidence
- Having an opportunity to socialize with others who share your passion for martial arts
- Learning the importance of respect
- Learning how to work with others
- Increased energy
- Less stress
- Increased flexibility
- Better quality of sleep
All these benefits will have a positive impact on the way you interact with friends, family members, and those you work with. Rewards like these are the reason why an increasing number of people are signing up for martial arts classes.
While many people seem to think having a little muffin top is not a big deal, it actually is. Besides making you feel self-conscious about the way your body looks, belly fat is also the most dangerous type of fat there is. It is the main type of fat that is associated with diabetes and heart disease.
Do not wait until your beer gut leads to serious health issues. Kick all that lard away by signing up for martial arts classes. The benefits you will gain from training will last a lifetime.
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