The new year is almost here–which, for many, means that it’s time to get started with a new health and fitness plan. January 1st can be a fantastic starting point if you’re ready to start making positive changes in your life. At United Studios of Self Defense in Vancouver, our team is here to help you get a great workout–and develop the skills you need to feel confident, safe, and become the best version of yourself.
Benefits of Incorporating Martial Arts into Your Workout Plan
Self-defense classes are a great physical workout–you’ll learn how to move your body in functional ways, build your muscular strength, and increase your cardiovascular fitness. The benefits of martial arts go far beyond the physical, however.
Martial arts–including Shaolin Kempo, Kung Fu, and Tai-Chi–provide myriad mental and emotional health benefits. The discipline and life philosophies that accompany martial arts are perfect for those who want to feel more confident, feel more energetic, and grow a sense of discipline that helps them to excel in any area of life.
Making Self-Defense a Part of Your Routine
Whether you’re already exercising regularly or you’re in the process of developing a fitness routine, incorporating martial arts and self-defense classes into your routine can help you challenge your mind and body in a new way.
Check out these simple steps for incorporating self-defense into your New Year’s fitness routine:
- Remember, everyone started as a beginner. It’s easy for adults to encourage children to try new things, but it can be tough for us to do the same. If you feel intimidated or nervous about signing up for your first self-defense class, it can be helpful to remember that everyone–even your instructor–was a beginner at one point. You’ll be welcomed and encouraged when you enter the studio!
- Be consistent. It takes time to get the hang of any new workout routine, and self-defense classes are no exception. Attending classes regularly and taking 15 minutes a day to practice the skills that you learned can help you grow both in your ability and in your confidence.
- Listen to your body. It’s normal to feel some soreness and fatigue after trying a new workout plan, and listening to your body as you adjust to a new routine can help you to adjust. Stretching, drinking plenty of water, and getting the appropriate amount of rest for your body can all help you through the recovery process. If a part of your workout causes pain, talk to your instructor immediately so you can work together to find modifications that are the right fit for your needs.
- Change it up. Self-defense classes can be an excellent part of your wellness routine, but it’s important that you’re well-rounded when it comes to exercise. Incorporating yoga, jogging, swimming, and meditation into your wellness routine can all help you make the most of your self-defense classes.
No matter your age or skill level, you’ll find both personal and group training options that will meet you where you’re at–and help you take your fitness to the next level. If you have any unique exercise needs or recent injuries, be sure to mention it to your instructor so that they can make any necessary modifications to help you get the most out of your class.