The ATA – THE AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION
Martial arts training is more than just self-defense. It’s also about achieving your personal goals while increasing your physical abilities and sharpening your mental awareness. TryATA Martial Arts Academy is all about helping you complete life-changing goals in a positive and inspiring training environment while giving you skills you can use in times of danger. Martial arts training offers an excellent complement to other forms of exercise. In fact, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your body, since it helps fight off stress-related disorders.
The human body has a unique way of dealing with stressful situations. During those times of stress, the brain sends chemical signals to the body to release adrenaline. While short-term exposure to adrenaline is helpful for coping with stress, long-term exposure can have a number of detrimental effects, including headaches, colds, digestive issues and the accumulation of stomach fat. It can even lead to serious issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
Experts like Barbara Brehm-Curtis, EdD, professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA, recommend physical activity in order to reduce your reaction to stress, thereby lessening the need for adrenaline and all the problems that can come from long-term exposure. If you’re thinking about committing to physical activity, it is important to choose something that allows you to have fun. Not only does it give you a greater incentive to participate in physical activity, it also has the additional benefit of limiting exposure to adrenaline and other hormones that cause stress.
“I started training at a Try ATA martial arts school years ago. In just six months I lost 32 lbs. What I liked and love about the ATA is that the classes are not the same old boring gym routine. It fun, challenging and a great martial arts fitness workout that teaches a reality based life skill. My ATA instructor is more then a coach or a teacher, and a mentor in life. Thank you for all that you do for me and my family. A true “Victory in Martial Arts”.”
Exercises that involve tensing and releasing muscles act as progressive relaxation. According to Dr. Trehm-Curtis, there is less electrical activity following exercises such as weight training, indicating that the muscles are more relaxed. Strength training and yoga are two types of exercises that involve progressive relaxation of the muscles.
If yoga or strength training isn’t what you’re going after, there are plenty of other types of exercises and activities you can pursue. These activities include Martial Arts, swimming, running and rowing. You can even participate in Krav Maga. All of these activities increase alpha brain waves, the same waves that produce meditative calm in people.
Ideally, you should exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. If you’re just starting out, aim for a 30 minute session at least every two or three days out of the week, then work your way up to exercising up to five or more days a week. Your martial arts instructor can give you excellent advice if you need a little help with your exercise regimen.
One of the biggest complaints people have about exercise is that they can’t seem to find enough time for one 30 or 40 minute session. According to the American Council on Exercise, simply taking a 10 min. break every 90 minutes can help you accumulate 50 minutes of exercise in a day. This exercise is as simple as climbing stairs or even just walking around. This physical movement helps relieve stress and increase your overall productivity throughout the day.