Friday Fitness Tip: Mix it up with MMA
It is jaw-dropping almost every time that you see Tiger Shroff on the big screen doing his kicks and his athletic moves. He has certainly worked very hard towards it. But, when you sit down to google what this air flexing actor does for his work out – most answers point towards Mixed Martial Arts i.e. MMA.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training has recently exploded in popularity. It is believed that it is a fantastic way to get in better shape, mentally, and physically. Usually, the other training styles teach you one particular skill such as kicking or punching, MMA is a conglomeration of all these skills put together. It requires you to be excel in both striking and grappling.
Following are the benefits that can definitely lure you towards trying MMA.
- Improves Body Co-ordination
MMA being a dynamic sport requires your body to work together quickly. In this process, you develop coordination throughout your kinetic chain. You rekindle your whole body as one unit working in unison. The training will also enhance your body’s balance and position. It is likely to make you more agile allowing you to execute body movements with ease.
- Enhances Aerobic Conditioning
Aerobic Conditioning usually referred to as cardio involves exercises that help train the heart and lungs to pump more efficiently ensuring that the muscles get more oxygen. MMA training mostly includes some of the best cardio workouts to improve endurance such as – swimming, punching a bag, skipping rope, running and boxing. MMA’s main focus is to build your overall strength and muscle mass and it should not be confused with a strict weight loss technique.
Note: MMA training should not be confused with only cardio, because MMA training involves particular strength and speed that engage the energy system of your body on all levels.
- Develop Mental Resilience
MMA training exercises are designed to push you to your limit. It enables you to build mental resilience, toughness, and determination. Developing this will allow you to navigate obstacles in life, staying focused on your goals and endure through tough times.
This is developed as you push yourself to do more every time even when your mind is telling you it’s not possible, you build mental toughness and resilience. It is as bad as the last set in your gym when your mind is tired and fatigued to complete the last set, but constantly pushing your mind beyond the limit, your mind gets acclimated to getting stretched and pushed.
- Improves Physical Toughness
The MMA workouts will toughen up your body while also increasing your tolerance for pain. Your endurance to pain building from experiencing it. The regular techniques of striking and blocking on a regular basis also help your body to withstand the pain. The level of physical toughness that you can achieve with this training can only be achieved by something which can be described as brutal cardio.
- Stress Reliever and a Mental Disorder Treatment
According to research conducted by NCBI, it was found that people who suffer from bipolar disorder may benefit from MMA training significantly. Many MMA athletes have revealed the positive effects of the training in treating psychological conditions including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Exercising improves your moods and banishes stress, that is not news. Prolonged stress which can lead to heart disease, chronic headaches and anxiety can be curbed with practicing MMA on a regular basis.
Mixed Martial Arts training is a form of HIT which stands for High-Intensity Training is a form of strength training, whose benefits go over and beyond regular exercising. It helps you to get in shape both mentally and physically. If regularly going to the gym is not a motivation for you, you should definitely look around for exciting options as MMA.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.