In this blog, your understanding of physical health will be enhanced so that it’ll help you improve your well-being and help you achieve a higher quality of life. First off, physical health has to do with the ability to get through your daily activities such as walking, running, and any other physical movements without undue stress and fatigue. This deals with adopting and maintaining behaviour that will contribute to your physical wellness such as routine doctor checkups, a healthy diet, exercise, and adequate sleep, and avoiding unhealthy behaviour such as drug use and/or a diet high in processed foods.

For adults aged 18-64, The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recommends that you should perform at least “150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more” (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, n.d). This means that as long as you’re attending at least 3-4 classes at Lanna MMA, you will reap the benefits of improved physical health! In turn, this will reduce the risk of premature death, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and other risks (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, n.d). Not to mention, you’ll feel better about yourself as you’ll have greater self-confidence and self-esteem.

For children aged 5-11 and youth aged 12-17, CSEP recommends that they should do 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, n.d). This will help kids and youth develop strong muscle and bone, perform better academically at school, improve their self-confidence, maintain a healthy body weight, and learn important skills such as discipline and social skills (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, n.d)!

Furthermore, training in martial arts is an excellent method to help you achieve all of those benefits that were mentioned above. With hard work and dedication in your training, you’ll sense an achievement of self-fulfillment and it will reflect on how you look and feel. You can probably recount on countless times when you were struggling with that last push-up or exercise only to realize what your mind and body is capable of achieving after weeks and months of training. Your body and mind becomes stronger as you surpass your old limits and reach new heights which you may or may not have realized you were capable of. Reading this should serve as positive reinforcement for those who have already started their martial arts journey or it might help inspire those to get back on track. For those who haven’t done so should consider embarking on a journey to improve their health, whether it is to train in martial arts or simply do yoga or dance classes, doing so will enhance your quality of life.

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. N.d. Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines For Adults – 18 – 64. Retrieved September 7, 2014, from http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP_PAGuidelines_adults_en.pdf

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. N.d. Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines For Children – 5 – 11. Retrieved September 7, 2014, from http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP_PAGuidelines_child_en.pdf

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. N.d. Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines For Youth – 12 – 17. Retrieved September 7, 2014, from http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP_PAGuidelines_youth_en.pdf

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