Why Martial Arts Is A Better Workout Than You Think

No matter which martial arts you choose, you will get an incredible workout both physically and mentally. There are hundreds of different types of martial arts, but the most popular ones are taekwondo, Krav Maga, karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, kung fu, mixed martial arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, and aikido. In addition, some may consider wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing to be martial arts

Martial arts teach self-defense skills, including how to properly kick and strike. You'll experience an improvement in your fitness levels in little time. According to Evolve Mixed Martial Arts, you can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour with martial arts classes. Of course, that depends on what you're doing in class, as well as your age, weight, height, and gender. 

According to Everyday Health, you'll reap various health benefits, like better flexibility, increased strength, better stamina, weight loss, improved posture, reduced stress, better concentration, improved focus, and better confidence in yourself. In addition, Karate America adds that you'll have enhanced reflexes, blood pressure, coordination, mobility, and mood. 

You can't go wrong with these mental and physical health benefits, plus you can have a lot of fun practicing. So, are you ready to get started?

How to get started in martial arts

Martial arts used to only be taught in person at the appropriate studios, but you can find classes online, on an app, on DVDs, or at your local gym, depending on the martial art you're interested in. Start by choosing which martial art you'd like to learn. 

If you're looking to learn the best self-defense skills, go with Krav Maga, the martial art taught to law enforcement and military personnel (via Krav Maga Worldwide). Another option, karate, is a popular Japanese martial art and focuses on the power of striking. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art similar to karate but with a focus more on kicking. Mixed martial arts, or MMA, uses many different martial arts tactics to get the most out of all teachings. Finally, aikido is a Japanese martial art that focuses on finding a way to peace, using throwing and joint locks, according to the Aikido Association of America

That's a small sampling, but as you can see, each martial art has different focuses. Once you choose one, you can search for a school near you or online. Ensure your instructor is certified and a proper martial artist — usually a master in their discipline. Sign up for a free first class so you can try it out and see if it's right for you. When you find one you like, get your class schedule and enjoy.