If you’re one of those people trying to prevent disease and feel active and young for a long time, one of the best things you can do is increasing your physical activity levels. In this regard, sports are great, because they provide a way to enjoy while you’re at it. However, the majority of sports have something in common. They are great aerobic exercises, but do not usually involve all of your body. The majority of group sports use your lower extremities only, and almost none incorporate aerobic and anaerobic exercise in the same session.
Nowadays, the official recommendations of physical activity for health is at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 times a week, and combining aerobic with anaerobic training for at least 2 days a week. Thus, variety is what we aim at if we are trying to maintain our fitness and wellbeing. That’s especially important if you’re embarking in a weight loss journey because aerobic training increases your burnt calories while anaerobic training maintains your weight and speed up your metabolism.
But there’s a sport that joins both types of physical activity, and it is recommended for people of all ages who want to prevent disease. It is called Muay Thai or Thai boxing, and it is native from Thailand. Muay Thai boxing is a martial art, also known as the art of the eight limbs. It involves your whole body, and combines anaerobic training with aerobic physical activity. Thus, it is the perfect example of a complete sport. It is very similar to boxing, but involving kicks instead of only fists.
There are many reasons why Muay Thai boxing is becoming popular worldwide, even when it is the national sport in a single country. That’s because the amount of calories you burn in a single session is incredibly high, especially when you reach an advanced class. Thus, it helps people achieve an accelerated weight loss and improves glucose control and other metabolic parameters, including your levels of fatty acids in the blood and your insulin sensitivity. Thus, it is fitting for obese and overweight people, or patients with a chronic disease, either metabolic or cardiovascular.
Keep in mind that, if you suffer from heart disease, you might need to be evaluated by your doctor before starting with a new exercise program. But if you do not suffer from any heart condition, you can start right away and see the results as soon as possible.
If you’re interested in Muay Thai, there are many ways and locations to learn. But the best way to learn this discipline is in Thailand. We have training camps all over the country specialized in teaching Muay Thai for health to locals and foreigners. In these training camps, experts and experienced masters of this martial art will guide you through a new journey you will enjoy with your family or friends as you learn a new technique and improve the way your body and mind work.