How Martial Arts can improve your mental health

It is no secret that exercise can do wonders for your physical health; from weight loss to a healthier heart, the physical benefits of exercise go on and on. Yet, the benefits exercise can have on your mental health still go unacknowledged by many, despite it being one of the most effective ways to overcome mild mental obstacles. Martial arts teaches more than just physical ability, it teaches discipline and resilience.

Martial Arts and your brain

From Meditation to Martial Arts

Exercise can improve the release and re-uptake of serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline; all of these neurochemicals have been proven to have links to mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. Medical professionals across the UK, and across the globe, continue to stress the benefits exercise can have on your mental health and how much joy it can bring to your life. Meditation is often commonly associated with martial arts, and this is a great way to improve your mental health, as martial artists focus their mind and fully connect the body to the soul.

One form of exercise which is increasing in popularity is martial arts, ranging from karate to kickboxing. Many people are engaging in martial arts as they teach more than just physical prowess; they are ancient forms of combat and can provide many life lessons, as well as teaching skills such as patience and resilience.

The benefits of Martial Arts

Partaking in martial arts can do wonders for your mental health. Not only will the exercise increase your neurochemical activity, and thereby boost your mood and outlook, but the social benefits of martial art classes should not be overlooked. As an opportunity to make new friends, the social element of attending a martial arts class can also have positive effects on your mental health.

As your physical health improves, as well as your mental health, you will most likely notice a large boost in confidence, even if you were very shy and timid before. This is because immersing yourself in something to better yourself, whilst also having fun and making friends, is a great way to stick at something and find your true potential. Confidence is one of the most important things anyone can have, regardless of their age, as it will mean they are more likely to aim high and have big dreams to achieve.

Martial arts are also an excellent way of learning how to handle rejection and bad news, as it is an art you need to dedicate yourself to in order to improve.

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