How good is your posture? If you suffer some aches and pains that never seem to have any real cause, your posture could be to blame. It’s fair to say people who spend their working lives sitting at a desk may not have the best posture in the world. Slumped at a computer, slouching in an office chair. It’s easy to do, but it tends to lead to the same aches and pains we’ve already mentioned.
So how can martial arts training help?
Put simply, it allows you to exercise all the muscles in your body in different ways. Other forms of exercise are good for you. But few have the same all-round ability to improve your posture in the same way martial arts does.
It’s not just about burning calories and learning how to defend yourself. It’s about gaining a better understanding of your body and how you use it. Getting fitter is a big part of that, of course, but posture is often overlooked in terms of its importance. Ask anyone about the benefits of exercise and I bet you wouldn’t hear a single person give ‘better posture’ as an answer.
Yet this is a crucial part of martial arts training. If you know your posture is suffering and you’ve got aches and pains because of it, maybe it’s time to do something about it.
One word of advice – you might notice those aches and pains getting worse when you first start coming to martial arts lessons. That’s natural. You’re doing something you haven’t done before and it’s going to feel unusual. Your body won’t be used to standing or sitting properly. But once you get past the hump, so to speak, you might be surprised at the difference it makes to your posture.
Owner and Chief Instructor of Deacons Martial Arts and Fitness in Oadby, Leicester.