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Lose Weight While Learning Martial Arts

Studying the martial arts is an amazing way to lose weight.  It’s such an entertaining way to exercise; you might not feel like you are performing a workout at all.  Spending an hour punching and kicking the pounds away will seem like it went by in no time--and you’ll learn valuable discipline and self-defense techniques in the process.  Check out this breakdown of exactly how many calories the average person burns while performing one hour of training:

Weight – Calories Burned

  • 130 lbs – 590
  • 155 lbs – 704
  • 180 lbs – 817
  • 205 lbs – 931

That includes the following activities:

  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Kickboxing
  • Muay Thai
  • Jiu-jitsu
  • Krav Maga

It’s important to realize that this is just an average, as ‘martial arts’ encompasses such a large variety of styles and movements and every trainer has a slightly different approach.  For boxing, the numbers are slightly lower, due to the fact that it involves mostly upper-body movements and the previously listed styles incorporate a wider range of movements.

The great thing about the martial arts is that there is a style for every type of workout.  You’ll want to do some additional research into the various styles to determine which one will allow you to focus your workout on the specific part of your body that needs to the most work.

The martial arts are also a great form of aerobic exercise.  Practicing the martial arts increases the heart rate and, over time, lung capacity.  Additionally, it can lower diastolic blood pressure.  Not only will you look healthier, martial arts training increases energy and self-confidence.  It will have you feeling better than ever.

For award-winning martial arts training, contact the expert trainers at New York Martial Arts Academy.  Their classes are guaranteed to be a fun and rewarding way to lose weight and build your core.