Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Your Family Fighting Fit; FORGET FITNESS FADS, THERE'S A REASON MARTIAL ARTS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES, SAYS / Nicola Farrell

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Your Family Fighting Fit; FORGET FITNESS FADS, THERE'S A REASON MARTIAL ARTS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES, SAYS / Nicola Farrell

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SOME fitness trends come and go - popular for a few months before disappearing without trace, only to be thought of again in 'remember when' features and discussions. While these fifteen-minutes-of-fame fads might vary dramatically in activity type, they always have one thing in common. They don't live up to their own hype.

Conversely, activities that thrive do so because they deliver results - whether those results are measured by fun or fitness. In my view, this is exactly why martial arts classes have only ever gone from strength to strength, and remain some of the most popular activity sessions in the UK.

With formats suitable for all ages, proven health benefits, and recognised positive impact on personal development, martial arts classes are increasingly the go to answer for families looking to get fighting fit.

If you haven't considered martial arts before, here are my top reasons to give it a try: WHOLE BODY BENEFITS UNLIKE activities that focus on a specific body part or type of movement, martial arts work the whole body. As well as giving your cardiovascular system a great workout, constant movement using varying pace and balance means you will use every muscle group while also building strength, tone, good posture and ultimately stamina.

OPEN TO ALL THERE are now a huge number of disciplines available that make martial arts accessible to all ages and abilities, whatever your motivation.

For example, those looking to relax and build core stability may find Tai Chi to their liking, whereas someone looking to lose weight may favour something more like Tae Kwon Do or Kung Fu that incorporate kicking, jumping and lots of movement.

Individuals looking to really boost fitness and stamina might prefer fast-paced options such as Muay Thai kickboxing or Krav Maga. There are often family or open martial arts sessions available where participants learn moves from a variety of disciplines. …

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