I started running five years ago after a period of feeling out of shape and constantly lethargic. Running was something I could do on my lunch break that didn't require any expensive equipment or a gym membership. I suffered a few injuries in the early days due to poor running technique, so I started learning everything I could about proper running form and how to warm up and cool down safely. I now have three marathons under my belt and volunteer at my local running club to help get new runners off to a good start. I started this blog to share what I've learned with new runners, and I hope you find my tips useful.
One of the biggest challenges that people have when they are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle is choosing the right sports and recreational activities to help them achieve it. The problem lies within the fact that if you do not choose an activity you genuinely enjoy, it will only take you a few weeks to get bored and go back to your old and unhealthy habits.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is one of the sports that have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. This is because unlike the other sports, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has holistic benefits for those who engage in it. Here are the three main ways in which your body will benefit when you enrol in BJJ classes.
It Helps With Weight Loss and Muscle Gain
The current obesity epidemic has been brought about by sedentary lifestyles and poor dietary choices. If you have gained some weight and you have been wondering how to shed it, enrolling in BJJ classes could help you a lot. The sport helps you engage in cardio, which is one of the best ways to burn calories. The movements you make during the jiu-jitsu sessions are also a very effective way help you gain muscle.
Jiu-jitsu, unlike other sports, engages every muscle group in the body. Within a few weeks of joining, especially if you combine it with a change in diet, you will be amazed at the changes.
It Teaches You Self-Defense
Not many people have a clue what they would do if someone attacked them in the parking lot, a dark alley or even in their homes. Jiu-jitsu teaches you how to anticipate an attack from another person and how to defend yourself. It also teaches you how to stay alert at all times, regardless of where you are. The sport equips you with skills that can save your life and also protect you from sexual harassment and other forms of assault.
It Helps You Relieve Stress
Everyone experiences moments where they are so stressed and they just want to punch something. If you have been in this situation, you will love how jiu-jitsu helps you punch the anger out of your system.
These are a few of the many benefits that you get from jiu-jitsu. The most important thing to remember is that you need a trainer to make it happen. As long as you have the right guidance, you will get in shape, meet friends and learn how to defend yourself through jiu-jitsu.