There are many different types of Martial Arts being taught today, from stand-up styles like Karate and Krav Maga, to ground-fighting styles like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While fighting styles often appear flashy and impressive, at the core all forms of martial arts are a systematic approach to developing the mind and body, and as such provide a wealth of wellness benefits for those who practice them.

While training in martial arts is not a solo endeavor, and generally requires an instructor, you will want to practice the techniques you learn at home. As such, you’ll want a mat that provides cushioning and stability. EZ Flex Mats (ezflexmats.com) are an ideal choice for practicing martial arts at home.

Here are a few of the benefits you’ll receive from the dedicated practice of any martial arts discipline:

Lower Blood Pressure

Training in martial arts requires no small amount of aerobic exercise, which helps to improve circulation, strengthen the heart and blood vessels, and lower your blood pressure.

Flexibility

Being flexible and able to move your body freely will dramatically reduce your chance of injury from simple physical tasks like lifting boxes, mowing the lawn, or stooping over to pet the cat.

Balance

Martial arts stress agility and coordination, teaching you to keep your feet underneath you in any situation. Maintaining good balance means lessening your chance of tripping or falling, as well as improving your posture and preventing back injuries.

Focus

Mental concentration is exceedingly important in today’s world, as surrounded as we are by technology and machinery. By teaching yourself to pay attention to everything around you, martial arts training can reduce the risk of job-related injuries, automobile collisions, or soda spilled all over your new couch.

Stress Relief

Stress can be dangerous, or even deadly. Heart disease, improper digestion, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) have all been directly linked to stressful lifestyles. By teaching you to maintain inner equilibrium, martial arts training can greatly help you reduce your stress levels and enjoy life.