By Lindenberg Junior

Practicing Martial Arts like Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Judo and Capoeira, or Boxing at a gym is a fun and enjoyable way to get in shape, but also a great mood enhancer that keeps you well in life. Besides these great benefits, it can effectively teach you defense techniques. For first timers, personal trainers recommend to have previously been practicing some type of aerobic exercise and workout for 3 months, prior to beginning a martial art.

Most people practicing martial arts or boxing begin for the main benefit that the sport can bring to the body and mind. This kind of practice or modality in general, helps develop agility, flexibility, aerobic and cardio capacity (power), motor coordination, and includes social benefits.

So, what you are waiting for?

Boxe: Using direct hits, cross punches and kicks, the practice improves conditioning and defining muscles of the shoulders and arms. It has a high calorie burning rate. In 1 hour you may burn up to 1000 calories.

Karatê: Uses right-handers and kicks. Practicing it facilitates flexibility and tone muscles of the arms and legs. In 1 hour you may burn up to 700 calories.

Judô: One of the most popular martial arts in the world, the fighter is generally at stand up or laying, and uses much the legs and arms. Among the benefits we can mention the development of force and the increase of muscle mass. In 1 hour you may burn up to 500 calories.

Capoeira: Using many movements as the traditional “ginga”, acrobatics, kicks and “esquivas“ (different ways of escaping), the practice of it increases agility and flexibility, besides toning the muscles. There are 2 styles of capoeira: the Angola is slower and with more dance style movements, and Regional, faster and include more acrobatics. It has good caloric burning rate. In one hour you may burn up to 800 calories.

Jiu Jitsu – Considered as the martial arts of the best defensive tactics. Lying, the fighters try to immobilize each other with the force of the arms, legs and abdomen. It gives you one of the best self-defense techniques in the world today. In one hour you may burn up to 700 calories.