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5 Health & Fitness Benefits of Martial Arts for Men

If you are looking for a way to improve your health or get in better shape, consider heading to our martial arts school. Martial arts could be the fitness solution that you have been searching for. Discover the benefits of martial arts for men’s health. 


1. Improve Your Cardiovascular Health


Perhaps the greatest benefit of martial arts is improved heart health. Doctors generally recommend between 20 and 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3 to 5 days per week.  
Martial arts will get you up off the couch. Whether are practicing at home or attending a martial arts class, you can easily hit at least 20-minutes of cardio.  
This gets your blood pumping and puts stress on your heart, allowing you to increase your heart health. With improved heart health also comes a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. 


2. A Full Body Workout for Weight Loss and Fitness


Martial arts can also provide a complete full body workout, helping with weight loss and overall fitness. You get a high-aerobic workout that targets quite a few different muscle groups.  
Each martial arts session can help you burn additional calories, while also increasing your endurance. In fact, a typical hour-long session of martial arts can burn about 500 calories. For those trying to lose weight, this could be all that you need to finally blast the fat in trouble areas, such as your abdominal region. 


3. Improve Your Flexibility and Balance


By practicing martial arts, you should be able to begin improving your flexibility and balance. You gain a better sense of balance, becoming more in tune with your body.  
The various poses and moves that you will learn provide the advantage of increasing your flexibility, keeping you limber. In a way, this is similar to the
benefits provided by yoga. You are extending your arms and legs, stretching, and performing aerobic moves that will help with your flexibility.  


4. Increase Your Self Esteem with Martial Arts


Another benefit to martial arts, you can increase your self-esteem. This is achieved in multiple ways. By getting in better shape, you will feel better about your body. By learning self-defense techniques, you will have more confidence. This combination will have a tremendous impact on your self-esteem.  


5. Gain Improved Focus and Concentration


Martial arts is not just about self-defense. You are also learning how to be still and in tune with your body. This teaches focus and concentration. You need to be able to observe your opponent and focus on how you can use their movement to your advantage. These are skills that carry through to everyday life, helping you with concentration. These same benefits that lead to improved focus and concentration can also increase your mental clarity and leave you in a calm, relaxed mood. Studies show that a men’s martial arts session can release endorphins that make you happy and content. This lasts for several hours after your workout is complete. 


Start Practicing Martial Arts Today


Martial arts can definitely help with your health and fitness. You can get a full body workout that helps increase your endurance, flexibility, focus, and self-esteem. You can also burn some calories, which can help you drop a few pounds while improving your overall fitness and cardiovascular health. Movember just finished, which means awareness about men’s health is at a high. This includes shedding light on cancer and mental health issues. By adding a new physical activity to your regular routine, you can focus on your own health and fitness.  
So, as Movember leaves, consider swapping out your mustache for martial arts classes. If you cannot find a local class, there are also plenty of videos and online resources that can help you get started. 


Sifu Caleb Hood is a martial arts instructor at Hood's Martial Arts Academy in Salem, Oregon. He currently offers classes in the Hawaiian-born self-defense system of Kajukenbo Tum Pai, as well as Yang style Tai Chi. He has experience training people from all age groups and ability levels. He is always eager to share the arts he practices with anyone that has a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. In addition to teaching self-defense through martial arts, Sifu Caleb Hood also promotes a healthy lifestyle, emphasizing healthy physical habits, as well as healthy mental habits. To learn more about the classes offered by Sifu Caleb Hood, or about the art of Kajukenbo Tum Pai or Tai Chi, visit the Hood's Martial Arts Academy website here