The Exercise Benefits of Martial Arts

You may have thought of doing a martial art, you may seen others doing a martial arts class, but you may not be aware of its many exercise benefits. So if you are interested in improving your cardiovascular health, losing weight or simply improving your mood, martial arts like judo and ju-jitsu can be just the right thing to help. .


1. Weight Loss

Weight loss is a great benefit associated with martial arts. They say one pound of fat is equal to approximately 3,500 calories. Therefore, in order to lose one pound of fat in a week, you must eliminate 500 calories from your diet each day. By participating in only one hour of moderate intensity martial arts, you can definitely burn 500 calories. You will be well on your way to great weight loss results.

2. Improved Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular health is one of the most important exercise benefits associated with martial arts. Your cardiovascular system is composed of your heart, as well as the veins and arteries that transport blood.  A weak  system can result in shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, and in severe cases can even cause a heart attack.

Research has found that the only real way to improve the status of the cardiovascular system is by participating in activities that strengthen the heart.  The heart is a muscle like any other and needs working. Cardiovascular exercise consists of walking, biking, swimming and of course participating in martial arts. You should try to get in at least 20 minutes cardio exercise most days a week.

3. Improved Reflexes

Fast reflexes can be important for any martial art.  Research has found that by participating in martial arts, you not only improve your reflexes while performing the activity, but actually experience faster reaction times during all activities of your life. This is very important in a number of daily activities, such as driving and even cooking.

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4. Increased Muscle Tone

At Bushido Kwai dojo we see fitness going hand in hadn’t with the martial arts we teach. Regular exercise builds muscle tone and mass. The more muscle you have, the more toned your body will look. The higher your muscle mass, the higher your metabolic demands will be, and subsequently the more calories you will burn each day, thereby helping prevent obesity and even leading to potential weight loss. High levels of muscle mass also lead to increased agility, thereby preventing falls as you age.


5. Improved Mood

After a session with a martial art like Ju-jitsu its easy to feel more confident and have improved mood. Researchers have found that participating in a regular exercise routine is one of the best ways to improve your mood. Performing martial arts is not only a good way to relieve stress and frustration, but may actually help to make you happier. You won’t only feel the effects during the activity, either. The endorphins released by physical activity appear to be active in your body for as many as four hours after exercise.

Take that step we have special classes for adults,  from 16 – 76 come down on tuesday night to the Landport community Centre, Lewes,  East Sussexat 8pm and check us out, all you need to start is a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. Your first session is FREE.


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