The physical benefits that result from your martial arts training might be what drew you to the mat in the first place. Benefits like a full-body workout and learning self-defense skills are just a few of the physical benefits you can expect.
At the same time, martial arts training leads to a variety of mental benefits that have a positive effect on your daily life. By training your body through martial arts, you’re also training your brain.
Here are a few things that martial arts does for your brain:
1. Provides Relief from Stress
Your body’s response to stress also takes a toll on your brain. However, there are healthy ways to manage your stress and get some relief. Physical activity, like your martial arts training, sets off a chemical response in your brain. After training, your body releases endorphins that lead to improvements in your mood and your ability to concentrate.
2. Enhances Problem-Solving Skills
Once you learn specific martial arts techniques, the next step is to figure out how to apply them. By practicing martial arts, you consistently put yourself in different situations where you must solve a problem by using what you have learned. And a problem that you continually face in martial arts is how to defeat your training partner. Facing off with a partner gives you a chance to practice solving problems that test your brain just as much as your body.
3. Builds Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
The boost in self-confidence that comes from martial arts training has an impact on other areas of your life. The more you believe in yourself, the more effective you become at making decisions and staying true to who you are and what you believe. As your mental health improves, your overall health and physical well-being will improve, as well.
4. Aids in the Learning Process
Martial arts leads to improvements in cognitive functions. Consistent training helps you with focusing your attention and retaining information. It also leads to the development of skills like planning and multitasking. Being able to better focus your attention and use what you have learned helps you in your martial arts training. But more importantly, it’s valuable to use in many other areas of your life, too.
To learn more about the classes we’re currently offering at Ascendant Martial Arts in Regina, contact us today.