Karate for Men
A Fitness Alternative
Karate-Do is a form of martial arts focusing on self-protection and health improvement.
When we think of martial arts, the first image that comes to our mind is of young vigorous men and women, bustling with energy. However, martial arts are often more beneficial to the middle aged person than they are to youngsters.
Men aged between 30 and 50 years are often not very physically active because they are busy with work and family commitments, lack of interest, age (‘too old’) and ongoing injuries or illness. As we get older, and spend more time in front of our computer terminals, the physical activities that were once part of our daily lives become virtually absent. We are left with excess weight, poor muscle tone and an overall sluggish feeling. As family and work life become more demanding, exercise begins to drop lower on the list of priorities. Lack of physical activity or exercise is linked to a range of health problems including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression and some forms of cancer.
Karate is an ideal activity for the people in their middle age years to work at their own pace, strengthen every muscle and bone health and even lowers the risk of chronic aging problems. Staying active throughout your life is the single most powerful way to remain healthy and live long enough to enjoy your family and all the things you’ve worked for. People with an active lifestyle feel healthier and have an improved sense of wellbeing. Besides feeling better, physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and helps in reducing stress and tension. Karate training is perfect for all those who hate the repetition of jogging, gym or aerobics classes.
Karate is a way of life and some advantages are: –
Fighting your body: – As we age, our energy level decreases, our metabolic rate slows down. Taking exercises not only slows this process down, it often increases energy levels among the elderly and helps improve the metabolic rate. Studies suggest we lose muscle every decade once we reach middle age. This starts to greatly affect our movement and impact our lifestyle in many ways.
Physical benefit of martial arts workouts is the maintaining and building of muscle mass, balance, flexibility, muscle endurance which allows them to be self-sufficient for longer and happier life.
Karate is a form of physical and mental activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as speed, flexibility, balance and stamina training, breathing control to oxygenate the body and self defense techniques that helps to feel better and enjoy life more as you age.
Mental Alertness: – Karate training requires participants to stay alert and pay attention. Focus and attention are the key characteristic of karate. Karate training is taught to visualize, raise awareness of surroundings and think quickly in order to respond to attacks. Karate is extremely important for “selective attention”— the ability to pay attention to important things while filtering out unimportant things. Selective attention mind has ability to be more productive, shift focus, multitask, and perform optimally.
We don’t often realize or avoid that our level of alertness drives success in things like higher-order reasoning, problem solving, learning, and memory. Studies show that a person’s state of alertness may be one of the qualities that separate underachievers from average and above-average achievers. Sluggish thought, confusion and disorientation develop with growing older age that tends to reduce our mental performance.
Reduce Chronic Aging Problems: – Many studies suggest that after the age of thirty the changes of ageing, loss of muscle mass and strength, brittle bones and tighter joints are inevitable. Balance and flexibility are two qualities that deteriorate rapidly with age. Those who avoid exercise into thirties and forties they are in effect doubling these detrimental body changes caused by inactive lifestyle.
Karate training is known to exhibit various health benefits in reducing risks of age-related diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and neuronal disorders. Regular karate practices also slow the loss of muscle mass, strengthens bones, and reduces joint and muscle pain. Strength and flexibility exercises may prevent falls and injuries by improving balance and mobility. Falls have been shown to be the leading cause of fatal injury in people over age 50.
Karate training helps to reduce and reverse the effects of aging such as limited mobility, balance, flexibility, muscles strength and bone loss. It also decreases the risk of heart and lungs problems, body fat levels, joints and osteoporosis, as well as keeping you in a happy and healthy frame of mind.
Forget thinking you’re too old to do martial arts – once you become more active you will find you have more energy, sleep better, and feel more self confident.
Stress Reduction: – Stress is our reaction to certain events or situations, known in our life that might be harmful to our mind or body. Many requirements or challenges in growing age can cause stress such as unusual events, daily events and work events. Older adults often have different types of stress compared to younger adults. Stress is a reality, a part of our life.
Karate is ideal for combating stress, fewer sleep disorders, enlightened mental outlook, reduced loneliness, and lowered depression and anxiety. Karate exercises increase energy and fatigue tolerance in our body as well as physiological control. By following a regular exercise program, we can gain control over our body. That “tones” up the body’s stress reaction (adrenal glands) by helping to normalize heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Karate exercises boost the body’s innate defenses against stress and anxiety thus improving your overall life experience and enable you to tackle life’s problems in a calm and effective manner.