Peter Spennato on Why Martial Arts Is Good for You

Peter Spennato DDS spent most of his childhood and adult life learning about martial arts. Many young Americans grow up with martial arts as one of their first competitive sports/activities. Not only is it a great activity that keeps participants physically active, but it instills a sense of achievement and ethics. However, the benefits of martial arts for adults are much more extensive than fitness-oriented benefits. Martial arts for adults can also improve your mental strength, change your outlook on life, allow you to adapt to different situations, and improve your social life.

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Gives a total body workout.Martial arts are a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through martial arts. Due to the total-body nature of a martial arts workout, a lot of calories are burned during every class. Research has found that by participating in martial arts, you not only improve your reflexes while performing the activity, but actually experience faster reaction times during all activities of your life. Although different martial arts vary in the levels of rigorous physical activity, nearly all of them will improve conditioning and fitness.

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Improves mental strength and health.A successful practice of martial arts requires a large amount of mental fortitude. Some of martial arts’ most traditional tenets stress the importance of fighting through preconceived limits. Discipline might be the biggest trait that leads to success in martial arts. Knowing you have a challenge up ahead and developing the discipline needed to achieve that is an important life skill that will translate to many other areas of your life. Another important aspect of martial arts is feeling, accepting and controlling your emotions. By practicing martial arts, you will feel anger, fear, frustration and anxiety, at some point. The way you deal with these emotions will help you grow mentally. This will also help in everyday life with how you deal with others.

Increased confidence and social tendencies.In adulthood, it can be very tough for some to find peers with mutual interests and outlooks. Martial arts can be a great place to meet new people, from all walks of life, and the shared dedication to their art can help bond people. Lifelong friends are made all the time at martial arts gyms; going through difficult trials can really help create social bonds between friends.

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So what are you waiting for? Enroll in a martial arts class today!