When the clock struck twelve to usher in the New Year, were you excited about the list of 2019 resolutions you’d already set…or are you still cringing about the prospect of setting new goals? Don’t worry if you can best relate to the latter. It’s a fact. Many people despise New Year’s resolutions, and Jennifer Diffley with SelectHealth tells us why.
“If you roll your eyes at inspirational memes, or unfollow people who are unfailingly upbeat,” she writes, “there’s a good chance you really hate New Year’s resolutions. After all, what’s the point of setting goals when most of the time they’re simply not reached? It’s frustrating to fail, and some people choose to avoid the whole thing by just not setting goals.”
Instead of adopting the self-limiting mentality Diffley describes, why not set a realistic, attainable goal that can help you feel the thrill of success? Here are 5 reasons martial arts should be your New Year’s resolution:
1. Goal Setting
When you practice martial arts, you develop a goal-setting mindset. As we work toward mastering new skills and advancing in rank, we intrinsically learn to accomplish long-term goals by completing shorter-term objectives, and we can cross-apply the skills we develop in other places, such as school.
“The discipline and determination we learn and utilize in the dojo has helped me stay focused with my studies,” said a student at Maryland Martial Arts. “Think of studying for school like practicing your requirements. You do the move for numerous repetitions, but not every time is easy. There is struggle, frustration, and emotion involved, but you stick with it, and eventually learn the move and get your mark or stripe. Just think of those marks and stripes as the grades you get in school. You may not like the journey, but you like the end result.”
2. Self Confidence
Much has been written about the boost in self confidence that comes with practicing a martial art such as Merpati Putih. We especially like an explanation from Evolve Daily that outlines 5 ways martial arts practice helps us develop not only physical strength but also mental and emotional resilience.
- It gives you the confidence to defend yourself against an attacker.
- It gives you the confidence to achieve anything you set your mind to.
- It gives you the confidence to know you look great.
- It gives you the confidence to perform under pressure.
- It gives you the confidence to socialize with others.
Martial arts practice is also a great way to improve balance, both literally and figuratively. From a physiological standpoint, martial arts help us develop core strength. It likewise helps us improve our flexibility and strengthen the muscles in our lower body, both of which help us have better balance. From a personal wellness standpoint, martial arts can provide us with an outlet. It also helps us improve our mental clarity and focus in ways that lead to greater emotional balance. In MP practice especially, the meditation skills we develop are useful in unlocking the secrets to a longer, healthier life.
“Martial arts emphasize that it is not how many times you fall down but the number of times that you get up that is the best predictor of success,” writes Dr. Neil Farber, a contributor to Psychology Today.
“I have had several jobs and careers as a physician, researcher, scientist, psychology professor, life coach, hypnotherapist, artist, and personal trainer,” he explains, “but first and foremost, I am a martial artist.”
Through his martial arts practice, Farber has experienced first-hand how the development of his skills has helped him develop perseverance – that “stick with it attitude” that helps us push forward in the face of obstacles.
5. Health and Wellness
If you still need some arm-twisting, here’s the last of the 5 reasons martial arts should be your New Year’s resolution – improved health and wellness. Health Fitness Revolution gives us a weighty list of its top 10 benefits of martial arts practice. Here are the advantages Health Fitness Revolution lists:
- Total body workout
- Healthy lifestyle
- Self confidence
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Weight loss
- Focus and stillness
- Teaches great morals and values
- Improved reflexes
- Muscle tone
- Better mood
Also, avid readers of the MP USA blog will recall these six reasons adults should practice martial arts!
If you’d like to incorporate the 5 reasons martial arts should be your New Year’s resolution we’ve discussed today into your own life, we invite you to join us in 2019! Also, we just launched our all-new Family Martial Arts program, which allows parents and children to participate in classes together, thus enjoying EVEN MORE benefits. Please call 1-866-666-7872 x 1 today!