Active Heart, Active Fists: 5 Health Benefits of Practicing Muay Thai
The combat sport of Muay Thai originated in Thailand. It helps a practitioner understand their own strengths. It is also known as Thai boxing as well as ‘the science of 8 limbs’. You can strike using your fists, elbows, knees and feet. You can strike from a distance or from close range. Whether you take this discipline seriously or just a couple of times a week, you will reap certain benefits from practicing Muay Thai, so let’s take a closer look at what these are.
1. Cardiovascular Conditioning
If you practiced Muay Thai, you will find that it is a powerful way to increase cardiovascular conditioning. You will be really strong and fit by practicing this sport. Some people who have done this and who have also played other sports have said that the cardiovascular conditioning of Muay Thai is far superior. This is mainly due to the fact that it is both aerobic and anaerobic. Your cardiopulmonary systems will get a powerful workout and you will notice the huge difference it will make.
2. Forming New & Better Habits
Apart from the physical benefits, there are changes that will occur in your lifestyle as you develop new and positive habits. You will find that you gradually become disciplined in some ways that you never thought were possible. You might find that you start taking care of yourself more by not indulging in junk food. You may do some extra (light) exercises, perhaps more stretching and also some shadow boxing. You may get up earlier and go to bed earlier as well. Getting into a sport like Muay Thai can increase your discipline in so many ways.
When you do Muay Thai, especially after a while, you may notice your confidence level increase. This is not surprising and many people who have joined classes find that they feel more confident, especially for those people who had self-confidence issues. The transformation can be quite remarkable.
You may find that you might not feel as fearful as you once did. When you join a Muay Thai class, you can have different sparring partners and as you learn and take on others, this fearlessness and confidence will grow and you begin to feel this way outside of classes as well.
4. Relieving Stress
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of taking Muay Thai is relieving stress. Every day, we go through all kinds of stressful situations. This can cause anxiety as well. Muay Thai is a perfect outlet for the daily stress in our lives. When you practice a martial art, you now focus on yourself. Getting away from the daily struggles of life while you practice this sport can help to make you more carefree and happy.
5. Increase In Physical Strength & Mobility
Muay Thai will help strengthen you physically. You will gain greater endurance, your muscles start to get stronger and it can increase mobility. Gradually, you will find that the kicking, kneeing and punching motions and exercises will give you greater mobility, for example, to your hips. This can be important later in life. You may be one of the lucky ones who will escape pain and certain health problems as a result of your involvement in Muay Thai.
When you first join, stay at your fitness level. Gradually, you can increase and improve. Work with your coach and listen to everything they have to say. Your whole life will change for the better.