Exercise and endurance training with martial arts

Exercise is an important part of staying healthy.  However, there are different kinds of exercises and doing all of them is the best way to gain maximum benefits.  Generally, there are 4 categories of exercise that a martial arts school will focus on.

These include:

  1. Strength
  2. Balance
  3. Flexibility
  4. Endurance

Unfortunately, a lot of people, especially men, tend to focus only on strength, balance, and flexibility training.  Doing so leaves out the endurance exercises.

Endurance training in Krav Maga involves accelerating the body’s heart rate and increasing your breathing.  This helps in boosting overall fitness and improves the health of organs such as the heart and lungs.  The general misconception is that, endurance training doesn’t build strength.  This is untrue, as there are plenty of endurance training exercises that can also contribute to building strength.  Endurance training also reduces chances of lifestyle diseases and makes it easier to carry out day-to-day tasks.

How to start exercises with endurance training

There are many ways to start with endurance training.  Indulging in activities such as swimming, biking, dancing, soccer, basketball and tennis can be a good way to begin.  However, if you are a completely new to exercise in general, a good way to begin your endurance training would be through walking. Krav Maga has a uniqueness to its training, its free of boredom and is always challenging thereby not appearing to be the typical gym workout.  During class you will do a light jog around the mats but you will also do some walking as part of the cool down.

Walking is a simple activity and can help you build up endurance gradually and steadily. Ideally, a ten-minute walk in the initial stages would suffice. The key is to increase the duration slowly.  At a minimum, health experts advice- that 2.5 hours of medium intensity endurance training per week is a good way to go.

The ability to do intensive endurance training may vary from person to person, but the secret lies in doing your best and never quitting.  Once a particular level of endurance training has been achieved, move up the ladder and try to include more complex and challenging training methods.  By visiting QC Krav Maga you can learn more about how we can assist you with your goals.