Helping the elderly stay in shape [Video]

January 25, 2016

An older man with a snow-covered cap smiles outdoors.

Martial arts can be a rewarding experience for people of all ages, but the sport can be even more valuable to the elderly, according to the Wall Street Journal. When you get past a certain age, it becomes more difficult to find a strategy to stay in shape without harming your body.

Martial arts are excellent sources of exercise because they provide both strength and cardiovascular training simultaneously. Additionally, elderly individuals can pick a martial art as physically challenging as they’d like, from the calm art of tai chi to the the “hard” martial arts, like karate and judo.

In addition to a good workout, martial arts have plenty of real-world applications. By training in martial arts, you should feel a little bit safer knowing you can defend yourself if necessary, no matter how old you are.