Martial arts and heart health [Video]

May 13, 2016

A big heart sits on an EKG chart.

One in three Americans suffer from high blood pressure, which can contribute to more serious conditions such as stroke and heart disease. If you have high blood pressure, or are at risk, martial arts can help ease symptoms and improve your health.

Martial arts contributes to students’ maintaining a healthy weight – a critical factor in preventing high blood pressure. The sparring and drills that occur in a martial arts class also improve cardiovascular adaptation.

Students can mix and match disciplines for optimum health. Judo gets your heart rate up, while tai chi can reduce stress and induce a sense of calm. Just always make sure to consult with a doctor before undertaking any exercise regimen.