Leading a fit and healthier lifestyle should be everyone’s prerogative in this day and age. A lot of us have fallen into unhealthy habits that have left us feeling much less than our best. We’ve all packed on a few unwanted pounds here and there, and have gotten a little rounder and softer on the edges as a result.
The only way to bring us out of this rut however is, you guessed it, consistent physical exercise and a well-balanced diet. Muay Thai provides one of those things while encouraging the other. If you are like a lot of people with weight to lose and a lot of unwanted fat to trim off to reveal your dream body, then Muay Thai is the way to get you there.
The name of the game is getting yourself in a caloric deficit, which means using up more calories for energy throughout the day than you are taking in through food. Sounds simple right? For most people, it means knocking off just 500 calories from your diet while intensifying your workout routine to see visible results in a few weeks.
Muay Thai however, helps speed things up because it is such an effective and fun workout that will unlock your true physical potential. Muay Thai training is known to burn copious amounts of calories in every session, up to 1,000 calories in an hour, which is just what you need if you’re trying to slim down.
Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways martial arts helps you burn up to 1,000 calories in as little as an hour.
1) It’s a full-body workout
Muay Thai training is a full-body workout and targets all the major muscle groups while working on your cardiovascular strength and endurance. In as little as a one-hour session, Muay Thai will have had you working on your big seven muscle groups, while also engaging your fast twitch muscle fibers to give you explosiveness.
Whether you are working the heavy bag or hitting the pads with your instructor, Muay Thai 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. If trained with intensity, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in a one-hour Muay Thai session.
As your body gets stronger and your muscles become accustomed to the movements and energy requirements, your metabolism affects a significant spike, allowing you to burn more calories at rest than ever before. In this way, martial arts helps you become a calorie-burning machine in absolutely no time at all.
If you have ever seen the lean, chiseled physique of Muay Thai fighters, it’s because Muay Thai is the best full body workout there is. After just a few months of Muay Thai training, you can achieve your dream body.
2) Incorporates elements of HIIT
One of the most popular workout routines in recent memory is High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. This particular workout methodology involves alternating 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 activities for a duration of 15-30 minutes.
Muay Thai training incorporates various elements of HIIT to help condition the physical body while training the mind to dismiss mental obstacles and improve athletic capacity and overall conditioning. It also boasts of improved glucose metabolism, allowing us to make full use of the sugars our body consumes for energy.
Muay Thai, in essence, is HIIT with a purpose. Because much of the workouts target enhancements in flexibility and cardiovascular endurance, HIIT is a natural way to condition practitioners to become better martial artists.
Whether you are training to increase the power of your combinations, or strengthen the grip of your Muay Thai clinch, HIIT will ultimately work towards your athletic improvement, which of course then helps you burn more calories while you train.
3) The fun keeps you hooked to training
The biggest pitfall in traditional gym and workouts is that it does tend to become a little repetitive and bland. While physical exercise, in general, will surely benefit the body, not all workouts are created equal. Some are definitely more fun than others, and Muay Thai, as many practitioners can attest to, is the most fun you will ever have working out.
Martial arts gives you a purpose. It provides an educational experience as much as it does a physical one. Learn how to throw a proper punch. Understand the subtle nuances of how to use your hip to increase the power of your kicks. Martial arts is a science, and learning new things will keep you committed to your training.
Furthermore, since Muay Thai training is carried out in a group setting, this means you will have loads of fun training with your friends and gym mates. Not only will you all be burning calories together with every passing minute, you’ll also be growing and learning together, helping each other along in your martial arts journey. The fact Muay Thai training is fun and done in an encouraging environment helps you hit the 1,000 calorie mark in an hour. At the end of the day, no matter how efficient a workout is, if you don’t give it your all and maintain a high intensity for the whole duration you won’t reap the full benefits. The way Muay Thai training is set up ensures you are able to motivate yourself to go full speed ahead for the whole workout.
4) It encourages you to live a healthy lifestyle
Martial arts is more than just a workout, it’s a lifestyle. When you step through those gym doors, you transform yourself from an ordinary human being into a bonafide martial arts superstar. You’ll gain the body you’ve always dreamed of, become a supremely conditioned athlete and experience being in the best shape of your life.
Along with these physical changes, of course, comes mental and spiritual development, which allows you to lead a healthier, more wholesome lifestyle. At some point during your martial arts journey, you begin to understand that food is more than just something you consume for leisure, it’s also fuel for your body. And you’ll want to use the best fuel possible to fill the tank.
Of course, eating healthier and making better decisions when it comes to food will only help to make you a calorie-burning monster in the long run. Eating clean and living healthy, coupled with the intense physical training that is martial arts, will have you burning up to 1,000 calories per session with increasing ease.
So, what are you waiting for? If you want to get in the best shape of your life and experience what it’s like to burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour, sign up for a complimentary trial class today!
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