How Martial Arts Can Help Future Proof Your Body

How Martial Arts Can Help Future Proof Your Body

How Martial Arts Can Help Future Proof Your Body

Australians today can expect to live until their mid-late 80s; that’s one of the highest life expectancies in the world according to Government data.  Whatever your plans are for later life, the more healthy and mobile you are, the better you’ll enjoy them.  Martial arts offer the perfect discipline for future proofing your health. Not only can they benefit you hugely physically, but they’ve also been shown to boost mental health and wellbeing.  Get started with martial arts today for a healthier tomorrow.

Changes over the years

As your body ages, it’s likely to change.  Muscles lose their size and strength, joints can become inflamed, and bones soften and become more brittle.  There is also an increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.  In addition, seniors can find themselves at risk of depression and feelings of anxiety. Exercise has so many benefits for seniors; getting active from now can help alleviate or minimise many of the conditions associated with growing older.  Martial arts, in particular, can be useful in tackling each of these common concerns. 

Stronger muscles, better balance

Martial arts such as Muay Thai, boxing and Jiu-Jitsu are great for building core muscle strength.  Your core is essentially the trunk of your body.  These muscles are the ones you’ll need for sitting upright, standing up from a chair or the toilet, bending down to put your shoes on and so on.  A strong core will also stabilise your body and help prevent falls. This is particularly important to protect against as when bones become more brittle, falls become more dangerous.  A recent study has concluded that Tai Chi can also improve balance and help prevent falls, as well as lowering blood pressure, reducing depression and anxiety.  A discipline such as Muay Thai will also help you build a strong base for your body by strengthening your legs.

Weight loss and cardiovascular health

Carrying extra weight in later life poses a number of health risks.  Not only does it increase the likelihood of heart and respiratory problems, but it also puts pressure on your bones and joints and can make movement painful.  As recent data suggests that 2 in 3 Australians are overweight or obese, it’s important to manage your weight from now to protect your health later.  Martial arts inspired fitness classes can be great calorie burners, or if you’re fairly fit already, you could try Muay Thai or Kali. 

When it comes to future proofing your body for later life, martial arts practices have so much to offer.  They can help you lose weight, strengthen your muscles and improve your balance, all of which will help you maintain your independence for as long as possible.  They have also been shown to help with improving mental health, boosting confidence and reducing anxiety and depression. With so many disciplines to choose from, there are plenty of ways to get started on your martial arts journey.  Start building a better body from now for a healthier, happier tomorrow.

Written By Jennifer Dawson

 

 



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