Karate is one of the most commonly known martial arts. But how suitable is it for losing weight?
Karate can be used for weight loss purposes. It can be physically really exhausting, which increases the number of calories you burn in a day. Practicing Karate alone won’t make you lose weight. You also have to eat clean and basically burn more calories than you consume.
Let’s dive deeper into the topic of how Karate can help you lose some weight.
Can Karate help you to lose weight?
Karate can definitely help you to lose some weight.
Practicing Karate alone won’t make a difference, but combined with eating fewer calories than you consume, it can help to lose some weight.
Karate and all martial arts, in general, are physically more or less intensive. That means they can help you to increase the number of calories you burn in a day significantly.
Not only will you burn more calories as you practice, but also after practicing. It takes time and energy for your body to heal and restore itself from the physically intensive training session.
That is how Karate can help you to lose weight.
How much Karate should you train to lose weight?
You could get started by just practicing once a week. I would say it is better to start slow, meaning only once or twice a week. Especially if you are not in great shape, starting off too hard can lead to burnout and make you quit.
I have a full post on how often should you practice Karate, which can further help you to decide the best training schedule for you.
As a general rule, starting off small with once or twice a week is a good way to go. As you progress and feel like you could do more, add more workouts throughout the week.
Is Karate a good workout?
Karate is a great full-body workout. Practicing Karate, you will use pretty much all parts of your body more or less.
Therefore, if you are looking for a sport that is all in one package, Karate or other martial arts could be the way to go.
Karate is also a great way to not only improving strength, but also endurance. It is a combination between strength training and cardio. More about that is below.
Is Karate more strength training or cardio?
As stated above, Karate offers a good combination of both strength and endurance training, also known as cardio. Therefore, if you are looking for a sport to do it all, Karate could be a good way to go.
Of course, you can do additional cardio or strength training on top of Karate lessons, but those are not mandatory. At least not at the beginning.
When you first start to train in Karate, your biggest bottleneck will most likely be the Karate itself. The punches, kicks, and different techniques are the most important thing to focus on at first.
As you progress, you might notice that your endurance or strength might be holding you back. Maybe then it’s good to add some strength or cardio into your weekly schedule.
Do you have to be in shape to start Karate?
You don’t have to be in great shape to start training in Karate. As long as you can stand up yourself, you should be good to go.
There can be differences between Karate gyms. So if you are not in great shape, you could be looking at a less competitive Karate gym to start off easier.
On the other hand, you could go full hardcore mode on Karate right from the start and choose the gym accordingly.
More tips for picking the best Karate gym in this post.
Other benefits of Karate
There are also a lot more benefits to Karate than being useful to help with weight loss. Here are other reasons why Karate is so popular.
When I practiced Karate back in the day, it was always so cleansing on my mind. You really have to focus on the Karate itself.
That means you don’t have time to think about work or school stress, or anything else really. It is so calming, especially after the lesson is over. I could compare it to a feeling after meditating.
More benefits of Karate in this post, which is about reasons why you should start training Karate.
In conclusion, Karate can help you to lose weight. In the end, it comes to your eating habits and consuming fewer calories than you burn.
Karate will most likely increase the number of calories you spend, so it can definitely help.
On the other hand, if you eat poorly, adding Karate lessons might not make a difference. Training Karate could make you more hungry and actually do the exact opposite.
Therefore, it all comes down to your discipline and how well you can manage your eating habits as well as your training schedule.
Karate is not a magic pill that will instantly make you leaner, but it can be used to help in the process.
Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day.