Everyone wants to look good in front of a mirror. Admittedly, most of us wish we were in a little bit better shape. Okay, in a lot better shape. The truth of the matter is, on everybody’s list of New Year’s Resolutions, there’s always that part that says: ‘Get fit and be healthy.’
But most of us don’t have a clue about how to go about it, or how to even get started. The general consensus is that you cut down on your carbs, increase your cardio, and you’ll lose weight and get in shape, right? While it may sound simple, a lot of people follow this mantra but never see the results.
So what can you do differently? 2020 offers you a chance to finally get it right. The next 12 months will be crucial to how you live the rest of your life. We have compiled a few pointers here, to help you achieve your 2020 health and fitness goals. Maybe then, when you step back in front of the mirror at the end of this year, you will love what you see.
Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways to make sure 2020 is the year you finally get in the best shape of your life.
1) Train in martial arts
One of the best things you can do for yourself in 2020 is to take up martial arts. Martial arts is the perfect health and fitness routine for people who are looking to try something new and different — something extremely challenging but otherwise fulfilling at the same time.
For those just starting out, there are a lot of different martial arts disciplines you can try. From the fast-paced punching science that is boxing, to the full-body cardio experience that is Muay Thai, to the gentle yet grueling grappling arts such as wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There is a different flavor of martial arts that suits everyone.
Training in martial arts is also an engaging mental and spiritual experience. So you’re not just training your physical body, but also enriching your mind and soul. It opens you up to the wonderful benefits of martial arts such as increased confidence, enhanced sharpness, more focus and discipline, as well as better overall balance.
2) Have fun while training
A big reason why people don’t see the results that they are after with other fitness programs is that they aren’t having fun while training. Ask any martial arts practitioner you know, and they will tell you that training in martial arts is the most fun you will ever have in a workout.
Enjoyment in exercise is super important because it keeps you hooked and interested in what you’re doing. Training in martial arts doesn’t feel like a chore because it’s so diverse and unique.
Hitting the mitts in boxing, for example, some say is a therapeutic exercise. Kicking the pads in Muay Thai helps release tension and relieve stress.
When you have fun during your workouts, the chances and likelihood of you being disciplined and sticking to your program increases. In this way, you can achieve your fitness goals much easier. Martial arts training is a lot of fun, and you will realize this in just the first session.
3) Lead the life of a martial artist
By training in martial arts, you effectively become a martial artist. As such, you are expected to lead the life of a martial artist, one filled with honor, integrity, and humility.
You’ve probably heard this saying before, but martial arts isn’t just a system of self-defense, nor a system of combat. Martial arts is a way of life. People live by and swear by its many philosophies. They champion what it stands for and apply it to their everyday lives.
By leading the life of a martial artist, you embrace everything that comes with it, including living your life by its principles. In this way, you can take control of your life and your decisions. You begin to understand what’s good and bad for your body, and how the decisions we make affect us in the long run.
By doing this, you make consciously healthier and better decisions, with regards to how you take care of your body, your diet, and everything that comes with it. This undoubtedly helps bring you closer to the best shape of your life.
4) Advance your skills
Aside from enjoying your workouts, martial arts is such an effective fitness program for its ability to grant practitioners a sense of achievement. Through training, there are levels of progression and after each session, you feel much more capable. By advancing your martial arts skills on a daily basis, striving to get better even by just 1% each day, you are effectively working towards an achievable goal.
All of us want to feel like we are achieving something. Most workouts don’t give people this satisfaction. Simply running aimlessly on a treadmill, or spending an hour on the elliptical machine is quite frankly boring. There is no excitement or purpose. Martial arts gives you a target, and you set out to achieve it.
Advancing your martial arts skills the becomes addicting. You’re instantly hooked and want to get better at every juncture of training. The thirst for knowledge and experience then grows and intensifies. The deeper you are enthralled, the easier it is to get in shape.
So why not give martial arts a try this 2020? If you want to get into the best shape of your life, martial arts is the key. It may be the best decision you will ever make.
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