If you’re a regular reader, you know what I say about martial arts – that it’s great for the body and mind. Well, here’s some proof to what I’ve been telling you.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study that shows that people who practice martial arts are getting the physical exercise they need and that it gives them an extra boost when it comes to physical activities and abilities.
The study, completed by the New York Institute of Technology, found that middle-aged people (between the ages of 40 and 60) who practice martial arts are able to do more sit ups, push ups and are more flexible than those who don’t exercise. The people who practice martial arts also have less body weight than those who don’t exercise at all.
People in this age group say they like practicing martial arts because their clothes fit better, they lose weight and they feel like they are actively fighting the signs of aging.
This is great news for people who have yet to find an exercise regimen that they enjoy.
It shows that practicing martial arts is a great alternative for those who don’t like lifting weights or working out on a treadmill or other “traditional” exercises.