The start of the new year brings the inevitable New Year’s resolution followed often by the abandonment of the resolution. While most start out on waves of positivity, the challenges brought by reality can become difficult to overcome. If you are miserable, bored, or not reaching your goals there is little to keep you motivated to continue. Choosing the right activity and support for your resolution can be the difference between success and starting again in 2018.
FITNESS AND CONDITIONING
Martial Arts training, like Thai Kickboxing, Krav Maga, and (BJJ) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, can provide full body conditioning and it doesn’t matter if you are an athlete, workout novice, or recovering couch potato. Punches and kicks not only work arms and legs but also require a lot of work from the abdominal and back muscles so you’ll get full body workouts in every class. Training also involves mixed periods of high and low intensity workout which is a great way to improve endurance and burn calories.
The nature of this training also allows you to work at your desired intensity level, instead of keeping up with the class. You set your pace and push yourself as you feel ready. At the same time athletes will find routines that challenge their current Fitness levels and skills. The nature of Martial Arts training also means that your workouts will vary from class to class keeping you regularly challenged.
Without challenges, there is no growth, and without growth it is easy to become bored. Martial Arts can provide both physical and mental growth. Even those who have trained for years continue to grow, adapt, and learn.
Learning and applying new skills is a constant physical challenge throughout martial arts training. Martial Arts training also requires persistence and a willingness to face obstacles. Reengaging and committing to your training helps develop a mental toughness that carries into everyday life. And, yes, mental toughness comes in handy when you are trying to stick to your resolution.
Most believe confidence from Martial Arts comes from knowing physical skills or how to fight. It is true that learning an art, progressing in your skills, and reaching goals can give you a confidence boost. Learning Self-Defense techniques, like Krav Maga, will also naturally make you feel more confident out in the real world. However, confidence also develops from understanding your limitations and learning how to handle yourself in difficult situations. When you know what your limitations may be, it gives you the confidence to approach challenges head on inside or outside of the Martial Arts school.
Standing still is boring and not motivational. By its nature martial arts is about constantly growing and improving your skills through training and interacting with a variety of fellow students and coaches. A martial art program that includes belt levels can also help you set smaller goals to help you focus through training. Both those who have trained for a few months and those who have trained for several years will have paths for growth and new challenges, a lifetime of training opportunities.
All resolutions start with one step, visit a Martial Arts school to see how it can help you reach your resolution goals.
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