The unseen benefits of learning Krav Maga (Part 2)

We all know exercise is good for you physically. But what you may not know is that exercise greatly benefits your mental and emotional health too.

According to the Mayo Clinic,”exercise stimulates various brain chemicals, which may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out.”

I’ve been fighting bouts of depression for a few months now (who hasn’t in these economic times, right?). There are nights when I don’t want to go Krav Maga. I want to stay at home and bum around.

But when I go to Krav Maga and get in a really good workout, I’m more focused. I feel more successful and creative and I just feel so much better about myself.

Half the battle is wanting to exercise. As many of you may know, I hate gyms. I hate treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, weight lifting… yeah. I hate it all. I always feel like a hamster in the exercise wheel—going nowhere real fast.

Krav Maga gives me the motivation to go the gym, because not only am I getting in some valuable exercise, but I’m learning something useful and making friends at the same time.

It’s a win-win-win!

And Krav Maga doesn’t just boost endorphins, it also decreases stress and helps release muscle tension. Think about it. What better way to de-stress about that obnoxious client/co-worker/boss/spouse/friend/
family member/stranger-who-cut-you-off-on-your-way-home-and-
nearly-killed-you-because-they-were-on-their-%!@*ing-cellphone, than by beating the crap out of a punching shield?

One Reply to “The unseen benefits of learning Krav Maga (Part 2)”

  1. But when I go to Krav Maga and get in a really good workout, I’m more focused. I feel more successful and creative and I just feel so much better about myself.

    That is so true! When I was really struggling between bar failures, my mom dragged me out of bed five days a week and forced me to exercise with her, and it really did help me mentally.

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