By the third week of January, a startling number of enthusiastic resolution-setters have already admitted defeat. And odds are good those resolutions involved something relating to eating better or moving more. But the issue isn’t really the resolution itself — it’s how people go about achieving them, which tends to be disorganized and entirely emotion-based. For anyone with a goal relating to improved physical health in 2022, martial arts could be the key to building the habits you need for success.
Before we get to the how, let’s cover the why. Why martial arts? There are many benefits for adults and kids alike, but if we’re focusing on fitness alone, here are the selling points of regular training:
- Increased strength and fat loss
- Increased flexibility and agility
- Better posture
- Improved stamina
Whichever discipline you focus on — karate, tae kwon do, judo, kung fu, BJJ — you can expect a full-body workout every time you train. It’s a challenging and functional workout that hits every muscle group. Do that a few times a week, and you can’t help but build strength, flexibility, agility, and stamina. That kind of consistency is key to success in martial arts, and the same is true for improving fitness.
At a school like Freestyle Martial Arts in Reno, there’s a real sense of community. Martial arts is about bettering yourself as well as those around you, and tight-knit bonds are common. Your instructors and classmates — and as you advance in rank, your black belt partner — all expect you to show up and work hard. That kind of accountability is incredibly motivating, even when you really don’t feel like working out. After all, it’s a lot easier to skip a workout when no one is counting on you to be there. But martial arts is a series of little victories as you master new skills, earn tips, and work your way up the ranks. And those little victories keep you going. Instead of focusing on the long road to your ultimate goal, you just have to look at what’s next. That’s really the secret to success, in martial arts and in anything.
Clear & Specific
Being specific about your goals is another key. “Getting fit” is admirable, sure, but what does it actually mean? Six-pack abs? A smaller pant size? Defined shoulders? If you aren’t specific about your goals, how do you know you’ve reached them? Starting martial arts means you have milestones laid out in front of you, from new kick combos to the next tip to the next belt. Your goal is clear, specific, and you’ll absolutely know it when you achieve it. The sense of accomplishment from that is powerful.
The Bottom Line
There’s a reason fitness, in some form or another, is such a common New Year’s Resolution. It’s a “do-over” because you started and quit and maybe started again and quit. If that sounds all too familiar, starting a martial arts journey is one of the best ways to build the habits you need for the results you want. Contact us today to learn more about the program here at FMA.