Achieving a fit body can be done in so many ways today. Getting involved in martial arts is an effective method and an ancient form that stands out around the globe nowadays is the Muay Thai.
Muay Thai, also referred to as kickboxing, is the most popular martial arts of Thailand. It has become a famous sport as well that has spread in the different parts of the world.
Training in a Muay Thai gym provides a lot of benefits to the mind and body. Being a cardio type of workout, it helps strengthen the arms, legs and stomach by toning the muscles. It also improves a person’s inner strength and emotional balance.
Unlike pure boxing that focuses only on the arms, Muay Thai exercises both the arms and legs. The regular techniques involved are jabs, punches, blocks and kicks.
Did you know that a Muay Thai workout can burn from 350 to 500 calories in a matter of one hour. The amount of calories that one can shed off will increase as more time is spent for the training.
In addition, the body gains strength, speed and resistance through consistent workout. The muscle reflexes are improved while the repetitive act of punching bags, hitting pads and sparring enables the arms, legs and stomach to gain more power.
Cardio-wise, the training can maintain a heart rate from 75 to 85 percent regular beat. This rate is considered favorable for people who actively and regularly exercise.
Being a form of self-defense, Muay Thai Thailand involves training the mind to learn the tricks and tactics involved. Among serious fighters, for instance, it is necessary for them to be able to acquire the right knowledge that will allow them to counter the moves of their opponents and defeat them in the end.
Through continuous training of the mind to be tough, a person will certainly be able to build his self-confidence and determination moving forward.
Still another benefit that people can gain from Muay Thai pertains to release of emotions. Many women who are into kickboxing these days often do so as a way to relieve their stress in addition to getting a fit body.
The kicking and punching moves are a great way to release negative emotions such as anger and disappointment without causing damage to property or hurting other people. And since it relieves stress, the workout eventually helps people relax and recharge from the pressures they’re experiencing in their daily lives.
This post was written by Jesse who undertakes Muay Thai training in Bangkok each year
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