edge84 wrote:And milkyway, coincidentally I've been very interested in learning martial arts recently, but didn't know if I had time for it AND exercise (I have University + part time job). I guess I could do them both, it'll be good for me.
Hey edge - glad to hear of your enthusiasm for my passion
I say give it a go - you'll probably start at a twice weekly committment of 45mins to one hour. Combined with walking and maybe some weights, I think you'll have yourself a great little exercise package.
It can be fantastic exercise and an awesome workout (sometimes I'm dripping in sweat) and other times it's more technically focused (getting your stances and arm movements perfected).
I love that it improves every aspect of fitness - strength, flexibility, power, coordination, cardio and best of all, you get to learn how to defend yourself and others should you ever need it. I also love that there's always something new to learn and that my body can actually do some amazing things!
Most universities have a martial arts club - Taekwondo, Karate, Hapkido or Aikido etc. so that could be a good way to combine your study and training.
It's a matter of finding a group/club to train with where you feel comfortable. Most placed (well, the good ones at least) will let you try out a lesson or two for free if you're interested. If you don't feel comfortable there, find another place. Once you start looking for a martial arts training gym, you'll find they're everywhere, almost every street corner
There are people at my club of all sizes and all ages and from all walks of life and best of all, they're really friendly and welcoming. I've just started doing TKD after a significant period of absence and it feels great to be back. I just know it's going to help my weightloss journey!
All the best
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09