Most of the time, we talk about the mental and spiritual benefits of martial arts. We’re all familiar with Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s motto, “He can do it, she can do it, why not me?” This motto has inspired many of us to meet our personal, professional, and martial arts-related goals. While martial arts keep us all in good mental health, allowing us to focus on our goals without distraction, it also offers important physical benefits. As we know, good physical health is an essential element of overall well-being. Here, Dr. Tae Yun Kim offers some insight about how martial arts can keep our bodies in good health.
Fitness and exercise are a major priority in American health these days. The Surgeon General and the First Lady are leading the charge to get Americans moving by providing positive role models, safe and appealing environments for exercise, and fun, affordable ways for people of all ages to work out. The Surgeon General recommends that everyone get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Dr. Tae Yun Kim is proud to be part of this initiative in her community as well. She believes that martial arts are a great way to make exercise accessible to everyone.
Martial arts offers many of the same benefits that exercise overall can give us. In general, regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. It can also improve sleep habits, memory, and mental health. Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent obesity. Different types of exercise can improve cardiovascular health, bone density, and can reduce joint or back pain.
In particular, martial arts are a great workout for someone looking for a mind-body benefit. It is also easily adaptable and a lifelong workout. Many students of martial arts start as children and keep it up throughout their lives. Martial arts can offer a challenge no matter how long you have been practicing. It is also a great workout for someone who has not exercised in a long time. Dr. Tae Yun Kim has worked with several students who need to lose weight; she is an expert at crafting a weight-loss program that keeps students motivated and engaged.