The martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers many mental benefits that most people are familiar with. The aspects of mental discipline, confidence, and focus are familiar to those who have practiced or researched the art. Many, however, don’t consider the physical aspect of BJJ or prefer the practice of a general gym to BJJ classes.
In truth, the physical conditioning of BJJ is one of the most efficient ways for adults to train, increase their strength, and improve their overall health. Consider these 5 health benefits of BJJ for adults:
1. Increase Aerobic Activity
In warm-ups and during class, aerobic activity is increased when practicing BJJ. This allows your body to more easily pass oxygen throughout, extends your stamina, reduces health risks, and more, according to the Mayo Clinic. As with any exercise, you’ll see an increase in your ability to maintain high aerobic levels for longer periods of time.
2. Reduce Stress
BJJ commonly increases student’s ability to handle stress through both mental and physical avenues. Not only do students find ways to manage and problem-solve issues, they also have the ability to blow off steam through their practice, and as endorphins increase, stress levels are reduced.
3. Build Strength
Grappling is not a physically easy task. When students learn and practice their grappling skills, they build up muscles all over the body that in turn strengthen their form. This increase in strength tones students’ bodies and many see fairly drastic changes over time.
4. Encourage Flexibility
Not only does grappling help with an increase in strength, but it also promotes flexibility in the students who practice it. The movements and flow of a BJJ class naturally lead to more flexibility, as the holds and positions increase in difficulty.
5. Raise Energy Levels
Any form of moderate to extreme exercise, done in short increments, is likely to increase energy levels. Though it may, at first, seem counter-intuitive, exercise is actually encouraged for people who find themselves constantly nodding off at work or school.
Still skeptical about the health benefits of BJJ? Contact us or come by Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to find out just how beneficial a regular cadence of BJJ classes can be to your health.