Martial arts can be a great and fun way to exercise. But how good are they for losing weight?
In general, martial arts are a great way to exercise, while learning new techniques in a social way. In the end, losing weight comes down to exercising and eating well. Martial arts are a good option for the exercise part of the secret formula.
Let’s dive deeper into the topic of just how great way martial arts are to stay or get in shape.
Are martial arts good a good workout?
Martial arts are a great workout for several different reasons:
- Martial arts combine technique, strength, and cardio training. Combining all three, you can put all your effort into one martial art, without having to add anything else to your weekly workout, unless you want to.
- Martial arts are a great social way to work out. No matter what is martial art you choose to practice, you rarely will practice it just on your own. You will meet other like-minded people, who share your goals with you.
- Martial arts have systems to see your progress. That might be belt colors, or competitions to see, how you have advanced. This is a great way to stay motivated when training for longer periods.
There are even more benefits to martial arts. For example, they will help you to defend yourself and feel more confident that you can not be walked over by anyone. I have listed the best martial arts for self-defense, you can find them here.
Depending on a martial art, the gym as well as your training habits, martial arts can be a really good workout. There are not many times when training martial arts when your heart rate is not higher than normal.
Of course, there are parts of the lesson, where you have to watch your instructor first to show you the technique, but usually, you get to try them yourself right after.
Are martial arts good for weight loss?
Martial arts are also a great tool to add to your weight loss toolbox.
Martial arts are typically physically very intensive, this means you will burn more calories during training and after it.
However, in the end, weight loss comes down to burning more energy than you consume. Where martial arts can help you to burn calories, the more important aspect of losing weight is how you eat.
Eating healthy, combined with a physical sport, such as martial arts can be a great way to lose weight.
Martial arts are a fun way to exercise, therefore, you will be more likely to continue training, even if you don’t always feel like so.
Having other people training around you, and keeping you accountable can further increase your motivation to stick to your training plan.
On top of that, the belt systems and competitions can keep you even more motivated towards training and improving yourself. This of course depends on your goals, you don’t have to compete if you do not want to. They can just act as an extra carrot to keep you training.
What are the best martial arts for weight loss?
The best martial art for weight loss and to be workout always depends on a person.
If you are older, something slower like tai chi could work really well. On the other hand, if you are full of energy, more intensive and fast phased martial art, such as MMA could be the way to go.
No matter what your decision is, all martial arts are similar at some level. They offer a way to blow off steam while exercising as well.
I have a full step-by-step guide on how to pick the right martial art for you, and really get started with it. You can read the guide here.
Can you build muscle with martial arts?
Whether you will build muscle with martial art depends a lot on the martial art, as well as how you train it.
You can build muscle over time while training martial arts. However, martial arts are typically more technique and cardio-focused, than strength-focused.
Therefore, if your goal is to build a lot of muscle, you can achieve that by lifting weights.
However, combining martial arts with lifting weights is a great way to overall improve your performance. They will boost each other, and you can progress faster, compared to just doing martial arts.
More about combining weight lifting and martial arts in this post.
If your goal is to become a professional fighter, building muscle is not always preferred. Since most of the martial art competitions are weight class-based, the lighter you are, the lighter your opponents will be.
Therefore, at least MMA fighters, typically try to avoid gaining too much muscle. More about that in this post.
Are martial arts strength or cardio?
Typically martial arts focus more on cardio, rather than building strength. When training martial arts, the main focus is the technique, and sparring should be done with half strength and half speed.
Usually, the bottleneck of training is at first in the technique, but endurance can be the next issue. Typically, strength is the last part you should be worrying about when training martial arts.
However, that might be an issue as well. But in general, martial arts are first technique, second cardio and the last part they improve is strenght.
In summary, martial arts can be a great way to increase the number of calories you burn. Therefore, it can be a good way to work out and be used for your weight loss.
In the end, the main factor is your eating habits. Eating clean and well, combined with a sport, such as some martial art, can be a great way to either get or stay in shape.
Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day!
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