In an attempt to stay fit and have fun while doing it there are a number of classes that are seeing an increase. From Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) to yoga to kids martial arts classes, there are many fitness centers and clubs that are thrilled with their latest enrollment numbers.
Whether you are interested in finding out the benefits of kickboxing classes or you want to explore the self empowerment that can by attending a BJJ class, it is always in your best interest to pursue an activity that encourages you to stay active. In a time when the nation’s obesity rates continue to be alarming, it is difficult to fault any business that is trying to get people away from their screens and onto their feet. Martial arts classes like BJJ might be especially popular right now as women continue to look for a way to protect themselves. As report after report indicates that another woman has been threatened while she is in a parking lot alone or out on a run, it certainly should come as no surprise that there are a growing number of women who are looking into martial arts or other kinds of self defense classes.
BJJ is physically challenging combination of martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting techniques. Attractive to many males, these are also skills that can be successfully employed by females who do not want to feel vulnerable and victimized during times of conflict.
Whether you are looking for a self defense and empowerment kind of class or you are simply looking for a way to be more active, consider these statistics about why any time you are planning to get exercise you are making a move in the right direction:
- Burning up to 500 calories in one hour of work is one of the many reasons that martial arts classes continue to grow in popularity.
- 3.71 million people age six years and above participated in tai chi in the n the U.S. in the year 2016 alone.
- Fewer than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. In fact, only 33% of adults get the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
- 66% of parents worry that their child spends too much time on electronic devices.
- Children over the age of two should engage in at least one hour a day of moderate physical activity, according to recommendations from the American Heart Association.
- 54% of the subjects who practiced tai chi attributed an improved sense of confidence to their improved balance, according to a study of older adults.
Enrolling in a class that takes a serious approach to the martial arts is just one way that you can make sure you are getting the proper amount of exercise while at the same time feeling a sense of increased balance and empowerment.