Everyone knows the obvious benefits of Martial Arts for adults, Self-defense, getting into shape, losing weight and lowering risk for disease are among the most well-known, but there are plentiful day-to-day benefits to enjoy as a result of doing a Martial Art. Let’s take a look.
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REDUCED STRESS AND ANXIETY LEVELS
Between work and family time, many suffer from high stress levels. A busy schedule is a logical excuse to skip a Martial Arts class, but the physical activity from Martial Arts classes actually helps alleviate stress! Exercise increases the body’s ability to handle stress – through producing higher levels of norepinephrine, a helpful chemical that regulates areas of the brain that send stress signals. The more you train your body with the physical stress of Martial Arts, the better it responds to emotional stress.
The physical activity of Martial Arts raises the body’s core temperature, and after 5-6 hours post-workout, the decreased core temperature signals the body to sleep. Studies show that consistent exercise results in less time to fall asleep and sounder sleep cycles, and also less daytime drowsiness.
MAINTENANCE OF MENTAL FITNESS
Through aging, our brainpower decreases and the brain actually grows smaller. Mental decline can start as early as 24 years of age. Physical activity through Martial Arts engages the entire body, and a healthier cardiovascular system means the heart is better able to circulate blood to all parts of the body, even in those older years. In order to remain active in life, it is important to build an early understanding of the benefits of exercise.
Nothing will get you out of a funk faster than 60 minutes of Martial Arts. The physical activity from Martial Arts releases endorphins in the brain, creating strong feelings of happiness and euphoria. Consistent Martial Arts training alleviates symptoms of depression as well. Not only will you feel healthy and confident, you’ll have the happy brain chemicals to match.
IMPROVED CONCENTRATION AND CREATIVITY
Whether your work involves a 9-5 grind or traveling from place to place, it’s important to make the most of your time. The exercise produced from Martial Arts will resulted in greater self-rated productivity in the office. Additionally, an improved cardiovascular system and increased endorphins stimulate the mind for more creative thoughts to flow.