Staying active can be a challenge for people of all ages here in the United States. For adults, the challenges of balancing a busy life can too often get in the way. After all, many people are exhausted by the time that they get home from work and typically just want to eat something and relax and then go to bed. This exhaustion will only be compounded, however, if they also have young children. Therefore, it is really no surprise, as unfortunate as it is, that only around 5% of all adults in the United States are getting active for even just a mere half of an hour out of the day. In fact, less than half of the adult population of this country is meeting their weekly recommendations for exercise.
And while this will certainly have its toll on the bodies and minds of many adults, the problem of children neglecting to get up and moving is an even more daunting one. After all, not only does physical exercise and activity help to keep kids of all ages in shape, getting active is actually essential for the development of fine and gross motor skills in children who are younger than six years. If they don’t get this necessary brain development before that age is passed, it’s more likely than not that those skills will never actually be developed.
Unfortunately, much of this can be attributed to the use of screens in our society. From television screens to phones to tablets and more, the average kid now spends as many as seven and a half hours per each and every day using some type of screen. For their parents, this is concerning (as more than half of all parents have expressed – around two thirds of them to be just a little bit more exact).
Fortunately, one of the many benefits of kickboxing is that it gets you up and moving, especially when you take kickboxing classes on a regular basis. For many people, this will be one of the primary benefits of kickboxing, in that a kickboxing class is motivation to make a lifestyle change. Of course, other benefits of kickboxing include increase of strength and stamina, something that can be useful for just about everyone.
For those looking to lose some weight, be it a lot or a little, this can also be one of the key benefits of kickboxing that they are able to take advantage of. The benefits of kickboxing in this regard, however, will need to be coupled with the implementation of a healthy diet as well, as eating well is part and parcel to successfully losing weight. But no matter which benefits of kickboxing draw you in, there is no doubt about it that kickboxing has become hugely popular in the United States.
In fact, very nearly seven million people (all over the age of six) were participating in kickboxing by the time that the year of 2016 had drawn to a close. In the years that have transpired since, this number is likely to have only continued to grow. But if kickboxing isn’t necessarily your thing, many of the benefits of kickboxing can actually be found in many forms of martial arts as well. From tai chi to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to even MMA (mixed martial arts), practicing martial arts can give you many of the same benefits as kickboxing and might be more available to you, depending on the area you live in.
Tai chi, for instance, is also quite popular, with more than three and a half million people participating in it all throughout the United States. It’s a form of martial arts that dates back centuries, as many as 2,500 years into the past. In the current day it remains very popular, and more than half of all elderly people who participate find that it gives them a greater sense of confidence as well as balance.
At the end of the day, there are may different types of physical activities – and even just many different types of martial arts – to choose from. Choose the one that works for you.