“I went into the bank earlier to check my balance…Got some funny looks standing on one leg with my arms outstretched!”
Lame jokes aside, we hope we got your attention! At MP USA, you’re not going to have to do the flamingo very often…but you WILL have the opportunity to enrich your life. Today, we’re going to talk about developing balance and coordination through martial arts training, and we’re eager to share some exciting information about how practicing Merpati Putih can help keep you upright. Although balance diminishes for each of us as we age, practicing MP can prolong the arrival of the day we BECOME the poor old woman in the classic 1987 Life Call Commercial and its many spoofs…“Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”
Balance Gets Worse As We Age
If you think about it, the body’s ability to maintain balance is an amazing feat. It requires our motor and muscle systems to continuously respond to the surrounding environment, and our nervous system always has to be on high alert. “The first thing to know is that the human body is inherently unstable, with a small base relative to its height,” explains Dawn Skelton with The Conversation. “Maintaining an upright position and moving from place to place while staying balanced is a continual challenge for our bodies.”
Each of us encounters many risks of falling every day, and we subconsciously navigate most of these obstacles without even realizing that we’re in danger. As we grow older, however, our ability to stay agile decreases. As Skelton explains, “we lose physical strength and bone density, our sense of balance deteriorates, and we take longer to recover from a fall.”
The good news is that there are steps we can take at any age to improve our posture, flexibility, and reflexes.
Physical Activity Is the Fountain of Youth
Yeah, we’re all going to get older, but have you seen the difference between a 60-year-old who maintained an active, healthy lifestyle and a 60-year-old who spent 40 of those years smoking, drinking, and eating potato chips on the couch? Just think about it. Our bodies begin to deteriorate when we’re only 25, so it’s important to develop good habits while we’re young. That’s why MP USA is so proud of our new Family Martial Arts Program. This program brings children and parents together to experience the benefits of martial arts across the span of multiple generations.
Children benefit greatly from learning together with their parents, and some of the many advantages of our program include:
- Better parent/child bonding
- Reduced risk of involvement in dangerous or antisocial activities
- Fewer behavior problems
- Improved problem-solving skills
- Better social skills and interpersonal relationships
- More inclination to serve others
- Lower stress levels
- A healthier lifestyle
- Better academic performance
- Positive parenting skills for their futures
Furthermore, the balance and coordination we can achieve through this family-centered martial arts practice can help reduce the risk of a serious injury if we do fall. It also enables a more active lifestyle later in life. Simply put, if we work out consistently with our children, we’ll most likely be in much better shape to enjoy our grandchildren.
MP USA Is the Place to Practice
“The practice of martial arts teaches students to become more aware of their body, and how they move when they’re punching, kicking, jumping, and changing direction,” says Marc Dressen with BookMartialArts. “The more you understand about your body in relation to the world around you, the more coordinated and balanced you’ll become.”
This means that when you join our Family Martial Arts Program, you’re setting yourself up for improved fitness and reduced risk of injury – and it’s never too late to start! All it takes is some discipline! ‘Want some more good news? You’ll have help every step of the way. The more you practice, the more discipline you’ll develop. And the advantages are huge!
“Part of the discipline that comes with learning martial arts,” says Dressen, “involves knowing how to use your body effectively in the space you have. ” He also says you can go on to do “incredible things!”, and that is something we say often!
If you’re ready to start developing balance and coordination through martial arts training, please call us today at 1-866-666-7872 or follow the link below!