With the growing popularity of the UFC and other like organizations, you can’t help but wonder if martial arts are just plain ol’ physical contact sports. While that may be true in many cases, taking up any form of martial arts, such as Muay Thai, yields far too many benefits for one to simply ignore.
As you’ll see in the following sections, you’ll learn just how good Muay Thai, and pretty much any other martial art, can benefit you and your overall health in general.
- Cardiovascular endurance. Majority of adults over the age of 65 are at risk of dying from some form of cardiovascular disease. Though, you probably know that already, thanks to how the media loves to play with it when selling you all sorts of “health products”. However, what you don’t know is that cardiovascular disease can hit you at any time, especially if you don’t maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Considering that Muay Thai and other forms of martial art revolve around constant movement, better and improved cardiovascular endurance will be the most important health benefit you’ll get from it, among many other things.
- Weight Loss. Another thing that you may already know is the correlation between obesity and cardiovascular disease. It’s no secret. People who are struggling with their weight, especially those who are of age, tend to develop problems with their heart. Though, if you plan on taking up Muay Thai, you’re bound to lose weight. It doesn’t matter if you’re overweight now, because as long as you’re determined to stick with the training, your instructors and/or coaches will undoubtedly help you improve as a person.
Another thing worth taking note of is that when you’re training in any form of martial art, you’re not going to be running on a boring treadmill. Yes, you’ll still probably be running, but it’s likely going to be a trek up to a hill or up a mountain, early in the morning and with other people you’re training with. Speaking of training, you’ll be doing so many things that you won’t have time to get bored and think of just how much of a drag “losing weight is”. In fact, you may not even notice that you’ve lost weight until you start shopping for shirts that’s a size or two down from what you’re used to wearing.
- Fight Off Type-2 Diabetes. Obesity and cardiovascular disease go hand-in-hand with Type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, hard-paced exercise routines and sticking to them is going to make it less likely that you’ll develop such complications. And, well, practicing Muay Thai is as hard-paced of an exercise routine as you can get. Sure, you may huff and puff every now and then during training, but know that it’s all for the better.
So many people talk about how Muay Thai and other forms of martial arts are good for self-defense, without even thinking that the health benefits they bring are far more important.
If you want to live a long and healthy life, enrolling in the nearest Muay Thai gym in your area may just do the trick for you.