When it comes to martial arts training, some benefits are more obvious than others. Learning a combat style will obviously give you a few tools that might come in handy if you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re forced to defend yourself, and, given how physical training is, it is clear your physical conditioning will be improved if you dedicated yourself to becoming a martial artist.
It doesn’t stop there though. There are many other things you gain when you decide to sign up for martial arts classes.
1) Improved problem-solving skills
When most people want to improve their analytical skills, they take a mathematics class or join a chess club. Little do they know; martial arts can be just as effective at sharpening your problem-solving skills.
It isn’t uncommon to hear people comparing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to chess, and that is certainly not an overstatement. Sharp logical skills are a prerequisite to mastering any martial art. You are constantly figuring out ways to merge the techniques you already know with new ones, and you also learn to come up with a solution to each unique scenario you find yourself in during training or sparring sessions.
In addition, a big part of any martial art is learning how to anticipate your opponent’s next move so you can lead him/her into traps you have set for them.
Without a doubt, martial arts are a thinking person’s game. Your brain gets as much of a workout as your body gets every time you step on a mat.
2) Better sleep
That’s right; if you’re having a hard time getting some much-needed ZZZs at night, training martial arts might just be what you need. Nowadays, the majority of us spend most of our days glued to a seat in front of a computer. That leaves us with our minds tired, but our bodies still itching for activity when it’s time to go to bed at night.
When you start training martial arts, your body gets a nice workout that ensures you’re tired by the end of the day.
Stress is another issue that tends to keep you up at night. It’s virtually impossible to fall asleep when your mind is racing with a million thoughts. A martial arts class forces you to shift your focus away from the things that are stressing you out. You’ll need to be focused on the techniques and drills you’re learning or your sparring partner’s actions. There’s no time to worry about how well you’ll perform during your next presentation or if you’ll get that new promotion you applied for.
By increasing your heart rate and forcing you to break a sweat, training martial arts causes your body to release endorphins like dopamine – which is your body’s natural feel-good drug. Having a fun time, taking your mind away from your worries, and getting a good workout will make it easier for you to drift away into sleep.
3) More energy
This builds on our last point. When your attend martial arts classes, you’re more likely to get a good night’s rest. That leaves you with more energy to tackle your days.
In addition, martial arts classes teach you how to push and persevere even when you’re tired. Regardless of the type of shape you’re in when you sign up for training, there’s always going to be some drills you struggle with. You’ll quickly learn how to keep pushing forward even when your muscles are burning.
That toughness and never-quit attitude will translate into your personal and professional life. Regardless of how physically tired you are, you’ll always have the mental strength to keep pushing forward.
4) Unmatched cardio burn
It obvious anything as physical as martial arts training will help you burn off a few calories. What is surprising is the fact you can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour when training. That is double the burn you get from more popular workouts like running (400 calories per hour) or weightlifting (200 calories per hour). That’s one of the reasons why it’s virtually impossible to find a martial artist who doesn’t have a lean physique.
When you burn about half the recommended daily caloric intake for the average person, it’s hard to pack on pounds of fat even if you aren’t strict with your diet. Martial arts classes allow you to burn fat and become trimmer without having to be too obsessed with some diet.
5) A safe environment to socialize
That’s right; martial arts classes are a great way to meet new people. Why wouldn’t it be? The fact you are all passionate about martial arts gives you something in common with your training partners. That’s a solid foundation that friendships can be built upon.
Having opportunities to socialize with others becomes increasingly important as you grow older since your circle of friends tends to shrink with age. You might even find yourself halfway around the world because of a job or other opportunities. That leaves you with limited opportunities to meet new people who share common interests with you. You could always go to a bar or nightclub, but the types of people you would meet at those kinds of places aren’t the same caliber as those you would find in a martial arts gym.
Start enjoying these benefits
There are many rewards when you train martial arts, and you don’t have to be a black belt to start enjoying them. It’s all yours for the taking the moment you step on the mat to train for the first time. Martial arts training would be a fun activity that many people would be a part of even if it didn’t have these awesome benefits. These rewards are just icing on the cake.
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