Martial arts just might be the perfect form of exercise: few other activities bring together such a blend of physical, mental and social benefits. Whether young or old, novice or expert, students of martial arts will learn more than just self-defense. If you think practicing martial arts means breaking boards and making high kicks, then read on to learn what this special art is really all about.

Training your body. Training in martial arts is an excellent exercise for your body because it combines cardio activity and muscle strengthening with flexibility and balance. Unlike other sports that focus on one part of your body or on one repetitive motion, martial arts require you to use every muscle in your body in many different ways. You'll strengthen your core and abs with every twist, jab and kick. The muscles in your back and around your spine will get a workout as you balance yourself for each move. Practice drills will get your heart pumping, and sparring will provide you with a cardio workout. With regular practice, you can expect to see improved stamina and increased strength as your body gets used to the physical demands of martial arts. An equally important benefit that comes with practicing martial arts is more flexibility and better balance. You'll train your body to use hand-eye coordination, quick footwork, and flexibility with every move. And your balance will improve as you gain confidence in your body's abilities and learn new skills.

Training your mind. Training in martial arts is just as good for the mind as it is for the body. Students often feel better about themselves as they learn martial arts and build on their own skills. You'll see everything from improved self-confidence to higher self-esteem and better concentration as you progress in your training. Learning the techniques of martial arts requires intense focus and concentration - something your mind might welcome in today's world of social media and online distractions. As your skills improve and you find that you can accomplish difficult moves or outmaneuver an opponent, your self-confidence will rise as well. As a welcome side effect of all of this, you'll have a healthy attitude and a positive outlook. Best of all, when you feel good about yourself, others will sense it and enjoy being around you.

Learning social skills. You may not think that learning martial arts has anything to do with socializing, but in fact, you need to have good social skills in order to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates. Whether in a class environment or in one-on-one sessions, you'll be expected to respect your instructors and follow their instructions to the letter for your own safety and the safety of those around you. You'll also be expected to treat your classmates with respect and take your training seriously. While a martial arts class can be fun and exciting, it's no place for horseplay or distractions. The instructors will demand maturity and focus from all of their students. And finally, martial arts will teach you self-discipline. You have to push yourself to be your best because you have no one to answer to but yourself. At the end of the day, though, you and your classmates and your instructors are all on the same team: learning and practicing martial arts together.

If these health benefits have you intrigued, contact us today to learn more about the programs offered at Silver Lining Taekwon-do. We have flexible schedules and a variety of different classes for every age and experience level. Our friendly and enthusiastic instructors look forward to helping you find the perfect fit for your martial arts training.