If you train in taekwondo you
You kick and punch.
And you learn complicated patterns.
Which test your coordination.
…You exercise your body.
And if that physical exercise sounds hard…don't panic. Anyone can get fit. We did!
After all no-one is fit when they are born.
Not even Bruce Lee!
Every single fit person has got that way…
Our taekwondo instructors helped us to slowly build our taekwondo fitness at a pace that was right for us. And the taekwondo benefits emerged gradually week by week. Training session by training session.
One of the physical benefits of taekwondo training is that it strengthens our muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments.
That's a lot of words that sound good but…
What does that really mean?
Well let's start with strong muscles.
Training in taekwondo strengthens all your muscles from top to toe. Strong muscles help to support your body. They help to hold your body upright keeping your spine in the right position.
If your muscles are strong, day to day tasks like gardening or carrying the groceries are easier. If your muscles are not strong and you try to lift something heavy, you are much more likely to tear something.
And what about strong bones?
Aren't bones strong anyway?
Well actually bones are a bit like muscles. They are living things.
Use them and they get stronger. Sit too much and they get weaker.
And weak bones break more easily.
For ladies it is especially important to try to keep your bones strong. This is because women often suffer with osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) as they get older.
One of the physical benefits of taekwondo is that all that leaping and jumping helps to make our bones stronger.
And what about tendons, ligaments and joints?
Why do you want these to be strong?
Well imagine you are walking along the street and you don't pay attention and your foot slips off the side of a step and your ankle turns sideways.
Now if you are not used to exercising. And your joints are weak. And the ligaments around your joints are weak. Watch out. It could be a really big Ouch!
And a long time on crutches!
But what if you train in taekwondo? And your ankle joint is strong and the ligaments around it are strong?
Chances are the Ouch! won't be anywhere near so bad!
All that kicking and punching?
Why is that good?
Two words sum that up for us.
Stress relief is one of the huge physical benefits of taekwondo.
Kicking a target or punching a bag is amazingly good for letting stress and tension out of your body.
Sure it's hard work.
And you can be exhausted afterwards.
But you feel relaxed and calm.
In the days when we had stressful jobs. We would often walk into taekwondo training sessions with our heads pounding after a difficult day.
Then we trained.
And because taekwondo requires so much mental concentration we couldn't think about anything else.
Or worry about our day.
And as we punched and kicked the stress flowed out of our bodies.
And by the time the training session was over.
We found we were transformed.
And in a better state to deal with our lives.
And for us the combination of physical tiredness and mental relaxation means a good nights sleep!
…we touch on something that many people battle.
Or being fat.
We all know that if we are overweight we are more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, liver disease…
The list goes on and on and on.
And controlling our weight is hard with so much fattening food around these days.
One of the physical benefits of taekwondo training is that while you are kicking and punching and running and jumping and having fun.
You are burning off fat.
So it's easier to keep control of your weight.
And you have a body that feels good.
And looks good too!
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