A martial arts style, like Jiu Jitsu, is typically thought of as a way to learn self-defense. And while it’s a safe and structured way to learn self-defense skills, Jiu Jitsu is also a fun way to get fit. And, you don’t even need previous experience with martial arts to get started.
Here are three things about Jiu Jitsu that make it a fun way to get fit:
1. Full-Body Workout
Jiu Jitsu provides a full-body workout that is full of functional movements. When you practice Jiu Jitsu, multiple muscle groups are working together to perform a specific skill. In most classes, you’ll go through a warm-up, work on skills and technique, and sometimes do some drilling with a partner. By the end of class, you’ll have gone through a fun, full-body workout. Not to mention that you may not even think of it as a workout.
2. New Movements
Part of the fun in learning Jiu Jitsu is taking on something new. Because many of the moves you’ll practice in Jiu Jitsu are new to you, you will find yourself moving, kicking, punching, bending, and twisting in different ways. Not only will this increase your flexibility and range of motion, but it also builds overall body strength.
3. Get Out of a Rut
If your regular treadmill and weightlifting routine has you feeling like you’re stuck in a workout rut, Jiu Jitsu might be just what you need to mix things up. Jiu Jitsu classes are both physically and mentally engaging. Rather than zoning out and just going through the motions at a gym, Jiu Jitsu encourages you to stay engaged and have fun with what you’re doing. And you’ll be excited to keep learning something new in each class.