So we know that martial arts benefits kids, but how about adults? Martial arts also provides benefits for adults including better sleep and concentration, total body workout, and stress relief. With today’s busy schedules, everyone can use a time to recharge their personal energy.
Are you at work daydreaming or still tired from the day before? Chances are that you are not getting enough sleep even if you are getting in bed at a reasonable time. “People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes.” ~ National Sleep Foundation. On days filled with physical activity, people are more tired tending to go to bed earlier and sleep longer than without working out.
Martial arts provides a total body workout. By using combinations of punches, kicks, and footwork, most muscle groups are engaged at each practice. Causes of stress are all around us, and people have different ways to manage it. Exercise, including martial arts, is a highly recommended method to stress reduction. When a person exercises, endorphins are released which are natural painkillers, improve sleep, and reduce stress. Meditation and deep breathing techniques compliment one’s physical exercise. By exercising, your mind is drawn from the days’ hectic activities and can focus on a single task. This shift in attention brings calm and clarity.