*This is a series of blogs based on the many varying benefits of martial arts training.*
Up to thirty percent of adults report some kind of joint pain – it’s a particularly common thing for an adult to experience, whereas it is almost unheard of in children.
Why is this? When people grow up, they stop moving. Even if someone is fit and health – they have a ripped body and hit the gym everyday it is likely that they still don’t move anywhere near how much/well they did when they were a child. As a result; joint paint and stiffness.
The movements that are used in the gym (e.g. bench press, curls, deadlift, etc.) are extremely limited – it is about choosing a small range of motion and doing reps as apposed to larger/more free movements (like a child playing). Don’t get me wrong, gym training is fine -but supported by martial arts training (otherwise it can often lead to more negatives than positives).
Martial arts training focusses on the movement first (before numbers; reps, weight, calories, minutes etc.) and as a result the joints are used freely. Moving in this way lubricates the joints making them feel looser and allows for faster/more dynamic movements.
This ‘movement first’ training is a more natural way to workout – it isn’t necissary to bare weight on the joints which often leads to joints being compressed and grinding against themselves.
Having a full range of motion enables somebody to be strong in any direction – too often, nowadays, people are strong – but only strong in a forward position. From my experience, life/fights don’t happen from the front, on the contrary, life (and fighting) is a curve ball, followed by a sucker punch, followed by a change of direction repeated over and over. So keep that natural child-like ability to move with things (be able to throw a punch or a kick from infront, behind, to the side or any direction).
Lastly and by absolutely no means least; building strong, supple, and free joints will put you in extremely good stead for a healthy old age.
“As long as you can move, you can be healthy”
Inactivity is such a huge factor in lack of fitness and health – and this often comes from people feeling as if they can’t be active due to pains and stiffness.
To summarize as breifly as possible: Martial arts support your joint’s health – this is immeasurably good for you in the short-term and long-term.
Ask about my ‘movement first’ approach to fitness on my Facebook page if you want to know more about it.
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Master Luke Robinson