Martial arts is a great activity in middle age

April 10, 2014

[shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="25449586"] Martial arts can have many benefits for older adults.

You may not realize it, but getting enough exercise past the age of 40 is extremely important for long-lasting health benefits. Martial arts training can be a great way to stay fit and engage in a more active lifestyle, according to

Practicing martial arts, such as Karate, Taekwondo or even Tai Chi, can help older adults avoid the pains associated with aging. Some of the benefits of martial arts training for middle-aged adults include improved range of motion, increased coordination, better balance and flexibility and the development of functional muscle. These health benefits become more significant as people age. In addition, martial arts can be a fun way to stay in shape and learn self-defense skills.

While the explosive kicks and punches of some disciplines may seem better suited to younger students, certain forms of martial arts focus more on exercising the mind, The Washington Post reported. Additionally, many dojos and studios accommodate students of all ages and fitness levels, which can be especially helpful for beginners. It may be beneficial for adults to try introductory classes in a few different disciplines to find the one that best suits them.