Most people would agree that martial arts has countless benefits for kids and young adults. But when it comes to aging adults, there’s often the misperception that this type of exercise, or exercise in general, contributes to the their physical decline. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Studies show that practicing martial arts, when done sensibly, can actually help keep adults stay active, healthy and feeling younger. And the benefits can be seen in all different aspects of their lives.
One of the greatest causes of physical decline in maturing adults isn’t increasing fragility, but the lack of physical activity. Activities such as martial arts can help to keep adults looking and feeling better.
Increased cardiovascular and respiratory activity brings more blood and oxygen to the brain, which helps to keep brain activity at peak levels. Activities such as martial arts, help to keeping the mind active, which helps to decrease it’s decline.
Increased physical activity makes you feel stronger and, ultimately, more confidence. With martial arts, there’s also the added benefit of learning skills that can aid in personal safety – another way to boost confidence. And, with physical activity comes endorphins which means happier, more cheerful people.