Everyone wants to look their best, it’s human nature. We all want to have an attractive and lean looking figure. Or perhaps we want to improve our overall health and wellness. Whatever the case, we all have our reasons for wanting to work out. But the reality is, working out is tough. It’s certainly not the easiest thing in the world. To be able to achieve our goals we have to make an effort.
For the inherently active, working out comes quite easy. But for most, it’s definitely a struggle. One of the biggest reasons we have for not working out is that we don’t particularly love the activity. Who wants to spend two hours in the gym walking on a treadmill, right? Most of the time, we don’t even know if our workouts are effective.
If you are like many, you have spent a copious amount of time in the gym but have not gotten the results that you want. It’s because you haven’t been consistent enough with training to actually see progress. Maybe it’s time you switch things up a bit and try something new.
Enter martial arts, a fun, engaging, and holistic approach to health and wellness that will get you in the best shape of your life, and empower you with the knowledge of self-defense. Today, Evolve Daily shares five ways martial arts will make you fall in love with working out.
1) Martial arts is one of the most effective workouts
Let’s start off with the most significant reason you will instantly fall in love with working out after trying martial arts. Martial arts is one of the most effective workouts that you can try. Rolling on the mats in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, practicing your punch combinations in boxing, or practicing your chain wrestling requires the full use of your body and all its muscles. A single Muay Thai session can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour!
The biggest reason why martial arts is so effective is because it’s just so much fun to practice. You rarely feel like it’s a workout because you are genuinely enjoying yourself. It’s not boring, bland, and repetitive like other workouts.
Furthermore, martial arts will get you in the absolute best shape of your life. Your dream physique is achievable in a matter of months with consistent training. Martial arts is the most fun you will ever have in the gym, and that is what will keep you hooked on training. When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work at all.
2) Martial arts gives you a sense of accomplishment
Working towards a goal will give you a valuable sense of accomplishment that you have actually achieved something with working out, and that you’re not just going through the motions. Martial arts gives you a set of goals to accomplish, such as earning your stripes in BJJ or mastering that spinning heel kick. Whatever the case, you will certainly feel more accomplished after training in martial arts.
Of course, martial arts also empowers you with supreme self-confidence. You are given the knowledge and ability to defend yourself and the people around you, and that in itself holds incredible value. Training in martial arts will allow you to go from complete self-defense novice to advanced practitioner over the course of your educational journey. The experience is truly enlightening.
3) It makes working out super fun
One of the biggest reasons why people aren’t able to stick to their regular workouts is because it’s not a lot of fun. This is completely the opposite with martial arts.
Every martial arts training session is unique. One day you could be working on your kicks, the next you could be enhancing your punch combinations. You’ll even find yourself practicing various breathing techniques and meditating at various times.
Martial arts training is incredibly diverse, and this is also a huge reason why it is so addicting. It’s no wonder why people rave so hard about martial arts being their primary source of physical exercise.
When you are having fun while working out, you are more motivated and more likely to complete your training program. Fatigue is less of a factor, and you’ll have loads of energy. Fun is arguably the most important aspect of a workout because it will keep you hooked and coming back for more.
4) It increases your athletic performance
Training martial arts has lots of benefits and can impact your life in many ways. One of those ways is that it can help you achieve supreme fitness and health while turning you into a bonafide athlete.
Do you want to improve your explosiveness? Do you want to become stronger, faster, and more flexible? Perhaps you want to become a better tennis player, a better basketball player. Cross-training in martial arts increases your athletic performance, allowing you to become a better athlete.
Because martial arts is a whole-body experience, you are engaging the entire body and all of its intricate muscle groups. You are developing your core muscles, and consistently stimulating your fast-twitch muscle fiber — key components of athleticism that allows ordinary human beings to do extraordinary things.
Becoming a better athlete is just awesome, and you’ll be hooked on working out because you can actually feel yourself becoming more athletic.
5) You’ll be committed to daily self-improvement
Martial arts isn’t just a workout, it’s a way of life. It will enhance every aspect of your daily existence, from the office to the household, improving your performance in whatever you plan to do. No matter who you are, martial arts provides you with a lot of useful knowledge and skills.
Martial arts also teaches us a myriad of important values that we can apply to our everyday lives, even outside of the gym. A very important lesson martial arts teaches is that we must always seek to improve ourselves at least 1% each day. Being committed to daily self-improvement is an important part of realizing our potential.
Perhaps we want to be better professionals in our place of work or become better students at school. Martial arts is a great way to unlock all of this potential, and drive us towards consistent improvement on a daily basis.
So if you don’t particularly love working out, why don’t you give martial arts a try? It could be a life-changing decision. Martial arts has the power to make you fall in love with exercise, and you’ll become a healthier, fitter, and happier person because of it. Get started on your journey today but signing up for a complimentary trial class!
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