The martial arts may not be for everyone, but when it comes to body weight based exercise, there are few cardio workouts that can equal kicking and punching.
The practice of kicking and punching works the body in ways other exercise methods can only dream of.
– You get a lot of twisting and core turning movements thus strengthen your body and core along the often neglected circumvental plane.
– Your entire body balance and flex ability are maximized in a gentile and natural fashion.
– Hip and shoulder strength are improved in a 360 degree range.
– The inability to fall into a rhythm (like with running or cycling) means your heart will be hammering in one of the best cardio workouts ever.
– Whole body exercise means maximum calorie torching and potential fat loss.
– Little to no equipment is needed so these moves can be done anywhere and at any time.
– Everyone likes to hit something once in a while to blow off some steam.
– It’s a lot more fun and mentally engaging than watching the clock tick down on a treadmill or elliptical.
I could go on, but the fact remains that kicking and punching are just too darn good not to incorporate into your workout program to some degree.
Best of all, you don’t have to be a black belt to experience these benefits. If anything you gain more benefits when you are least experienced! So excuses be damned, it’s time to start unleashing the kick boxer within.
Getting started with kicking and punching is easy enough, but I highly recommend some personal 1-on-1 instruction. You can learn more in a few personal sessions than in a year watching kung Fu movies.
It’s especially important if you want to actually hit things like punching bags. Knowing the best foot and hand postures can not only result in a harder impact but also keep your hands and feet safe.
Also note that you don’t have to kill all of your techniques with full force and power. Even moving at 50% effort will result in a great workout and greatly reduce the chance for injury. Too many injuries happen from trying to kick and punch too hard or with too much aggression. So take it slow and ease into your training on each session.