Stay On Track With Your Fitness Goals All Winter Long

Winter is here, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. The cold weather can make us feel lazy and unmotivated, but there are ways to beat the winter blues. One easy solution is to find an activity that keeps you moving all season long. Martial arts classes are a great way to keep fit in the colder months! Here’s why:

Exercise Can Help Cure Seasonal Affective Disorder

Keeping up the motivation to exercise on a cold winter day instead of curling up under a warm blanket on the sofa can be difficult, slowing down physically can have the unwanted side effect of bringing you down psychologically.  At a time when the weather is lowering our spirits we need to take practical measures to stay active and happy. 

Weight Loss

The colder months are host to some of the most calorie heavy events and we all need to balance out the increase in available calories with a huge dose of will power or some seriously energetic workouts.Maximize your calorie burning potential by participating in 30 minutes to one hour of vigorous exercise 3 – 5 x per week. Think that this goal is hard to achieve? It is time to try a free trial class in Muay Thai. Our professional instructors will have you working hard and having fun!

Positive Body Image to Combat SAD

It’s difficult to enjoy the holiday parties if you don’t feel good in your party clothes! Exercise can make you feel better about yourself by optimizing your physical condition and helping you to reach a healthy weight. One of the best martial arts for helping boost self-esteem is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Not only will you feel stronger and healthier, you will learn practical self-defense skills that will take your self-esteem to new heights.

Energy Boost = Mood Enhancement

If you are feeling sluggish and fatigued throughout the day, improve your energy levels with a Karate class. We make training fun, our high energy classes will keep you motivated and engaged with the result of increased energy levels and reduced tension. 

Improved Detoxification of Waste Products  

Detoxing has become synonymous with New Year’s Resolutions.  Why wait until the New Year?  Regular exercise helps the body to eliminate toxic substances from the body. These toxins exist all year round and our conscious efforts to detox should be a lifestyle choice rather than something to dip into following an overindulgent weekend. Training in our martial arts programs provides a long term solution to beating these unhealthy cycles. Most of our students train with us for many years and become part of our Arashi-Do family.

Exercise to Increase Blood Flow

During the festive season, we place an even greater toxic burden on our poor liver and it could really do with some support.  Moderate exercise increases the blood flow to the liver thereby improving its ability to detoxify waste.Karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes increase your heart rate and help increase blood flow making a healthier and happier you.

Improved Immunity 

We all need protection from the germs that are circulating around the office or being brought home from school by our children.  Regular moderate exercise will boost immunity by improving lymphatic and cardiovascular circulation.However, the effects of exercise on your immune system are short lived and in order to optimize these effects it is important to exercise regularly. The best place to start a consistent work-out routine is in our safe and fun classes.

Reduction in Stress Levels, Anxiety and Depression 

It is widely accepted in the health and fitness community that exercise has a positive effect on our mind, body and spirit.  So let’s take practical steps to fight off those winter blues by increasing our activity levels.If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, depression or stress, then some regular exercise is one way to improve your overall sense of well-being. Martial arts training is proven to increase mental and physical strength while building confidence, self-esteem and a positive mindset.

Are you ready to get started? All of our schools are ready to help you start your martial arts journey!

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