In August, we shared six reasons why adults should practice martial arts. These include:
- Self-Defense: We develop skills to prepare ourselves to respond to a threat with competence, confidence, and self-control.
- Health & Fitness: We strengthen and train our bodies to improve our health and accomplish physical fitness goals.
- Meditation: We achieve greater mindfulness through the practice of moving meditation.
- Inner Peace: We embrace balance and harmony as we look inward for personal peace.
- Expanded Awareness: We see more clearly and feel more deeply as we experience life with expanded awareness and connection.
- Inner Power: We master techniques to manage, focus and control our inner power.
Today, we have another “sixlet” for you that explores six additional ways you can improve your health at MP USA through low-impact exercise. The low-impact workout you get when you practice Merpati Putih has many benefits! If you’re looking for a better you in the New Year, here are 6 reasons to start a low impact workout in 2019.
“Don’t let the term low-impact’ fool you,” writes Livestrong’s Lisa Sefcik. “Low-impact aerobic exercise gives you a calorie-burning workout — the perfect complement to your weight-loss plan.”
Low impact exercise can be especially beneficial for people who have chronic illnesses or other barriers to higher impact activities. When you make them part of your lifestyle, low impact exercises such as walking, swimming, cycling and practicing MP can play an important role in helping you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Joint Pain Reduction
If you suffer from arthritis, a sports injury or another condition that causes joint pain and inflammation, you know that high-impact exercise can aggravate your condition. Luckily, you still have many options to help you stay fit. Also, as the Mayo Clinic staff teaches us, “Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue.”
Practicing MP also helps with body conditioning, flexibility, body awareness and aerobics, each of which can provide benefits for your joints.
Relaxation and Stress Management
Although it sounds counterintuitive, exercise is relaxing. Yes, there’s effort involved, but the benefits of working out almost always outweigh the costs. In Harvard Medical School’s Men’s Health Watch, “Regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.”
Facing Exercise Fears
Sometimes, we hold off on starting an exercise program because we don’t want to get hurt – especially if we’ve been injured before. Luckily, low-impact workouts help us ease into our exercise programs, allowing us to gradually build intensity as we gain strength, improve our skills and develop more confidence. This is especially true with martial arts practice. Practicing MP is an effective way to get a handle on our fear, especially as we learn to retrain our minds. If we follow Kathleen Trotter’s advice in the Globe and Mail to “take things slowly and ramp up your exercise routine gradually,” we can achieve optimal, fear-free results.
While some modification may be necessary, participating in MP USA’s Wealth of Health Fitness Program can be of great benefit to expectant mothers because low-impact aerobic exercise can help women have better pregnancies. “Aerobics workouts strengthen your cardiovascular system (the heart, lungs, and blood vessels) and maintain muscle tone,” explains BabyCenter. “With a strong cardiovascular system, you won’t tire as easily and will have more energy. Good muscle tone supports the physical changes your body is going through and reduces your risk of balance problems and falls. Workouts that promote flexibility can prevent soreness in areas that support more weight during pregnancy such as the upper and lower spine (breast and baby weight) – this also helps you maintain good posture.”
At MP USA, we talk often about the health benefits of group exercise. Low-impact workouts help us enjoy these benefits because we can balance exercise with social interaction. Because the intensity of high-impact workouts often prevents conversation, some people feel isolated in high-impact environments. Whatever you choose, consider the advice sports trainer Joe Kekoanui gave Women’s Day, “The key is to find something you like and stick with it.”
If you’d like to personally experience the 6 reasons to start a low impact workout in 2019, we invite you to learn more about our new Family Martial Arts Program, as well as our Wealth of Health Fitness Program. A new enrollment period will open in March 2019, and we offer a unique introductory program. Space is limited, so call us today at 1-866-666-7872.