Why Karate Is The Perfect Family Activity
It is on virtually every news station and in every magazine, newspaper, and Internet blogging site: America has an obesity problem! This probably doesn’t come as much of a shock to those of you who witness extremely heavy individuals on a regular basis. Even more disturbingly, the rate of obese children is rising at an incredible rate. If only there was an activity that could bring the whole family together. Wait! There is! It’s called karate and it not only promotes improved fitness, self-defense skill, and self-confidence, it’s a whole lot of fun and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Combating Childhood Obesity
This is erroneously being blamed on a decreased level of activity amongst children in this era but in actual fact, it is a combination of less exercise and more junk food consumption. So how can karate help? The best schools are run by instructors of all ages so entire families are free to train together. There is no better form of encouragement than to participate yourself and your kids will be amazed that you are willing to take time out of your busy schedule to join them in martial arts training.
Once the parents coerce the children into attending, they will not be insubordinate and will give 100% effort under the watchful eye of their guardians. As your children become more skilled, they will also take karate more seriously and this in turn will cause them to reevaluate their existing lifestyle. Kids that participate in any kind of sport will automatically improve their eating habits to ensure maximum performance. Unlike sports like football or soccer where adults may be too old to participate, all age groups are encouraged. Finally, kids love nothing better than putting one over on their parents and will try extra hard to be better than mom and dad!
The Parent Perspective
For parents, it is time to step up to the plate and practice what you preach. You can hardly expect your children to take karate seriously if you are unwilling to participate! An increasing number of adults fail to set aside time for exercise and don’t wish to spend their free time sweating it out on a treadmill. Karate offers a fun alternative and can improve an adult’s flexibility, strength and overall health. An increasing number of Americans have medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and asthma, but after just a few sessions of karate, your fitness and stamina will improve dramatically. Diabetes sufferers also notice that their blood sugar levels reach a controllable level after a consistent period of exercising.
Part of every karate class will be dedicated to physical fitness and will involve cardio exercise. The more ‘fun’ element of classes involves punching, kicking, and blocking and almost seems like ‘stealth’ exercise since the participants barely even notice they are working out since they are enjoying themselves so much. For children and adults alike, karate improves health, fitness, flexibility, stamina, coordination, and reduces instances of muscle pains and strains. Above all, it can be practiced by anyone, so parents clear some room in your schedule and bring your kids to karate. We guarantee you the whole family will be hooked in no time!