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How to Get on a Workout Schedule
For many people, working out on a regular basis can seem nearly impossible. With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, it’s hard to find the time to devote to working out. While it’s up to the individual to make their workout happen, there are some tactics that can help your dream of working out consistently a reality.
Find a workout you love like Martial Arts. It’s a lot easier to get into the habit of working out if you are actually looking forward to it (or at least not dreading it). If there’s a certain exercise you really like, try to find a way to focus your workouts around it. For some people this can be weightlifting, dance classes, running, and so on. One activity that offers a lot of great exercise is martial arts. Classes in this sport offer cardio and strength building. Plus, you get to learn self-defense moves.
Pick a time and stick to it. Whether you work out morning, night, or on your lunch, just stick to that time. It’s easier to be consistent with something when you are always doing it at the same time. You can even add your workout time to your calendar, planner, or scheduler so you can hold yourself accountable for sticking to that time.
Build a routine around your workout. Make a list of things you need or need to do before your workout, and do them! If you prep accordingly for your workout, you’ll be less likely to flake out on it. For example, if you take martial arts classes in the morning, you can make a habit and routine of laying out your workout clothes before you go to bed, putting them on first thing in the morning, and making a light breakfast to eat before you head out to your class. You’ll be less likely to back out of your workout if you already have your workout clothes on!
Reward yourself for sticking to your schedule. You can set goals for working out consistently and then give yourself a treat. Treat yourself to a massage or a shirt you’ve had your eye on after you’ve gone to your martial arts class five times in one week. Give yourself bigger goals to reach with bigger rewards too!
As you can see, there are little tricks for making yourself get into a workout routine. Ready to give martial arts classes a try? Make it your go-to workout by contacting us today!
How Toddlers Benefit from Martial Arts
If you’ve wanted to get your toddler started early in a sport but aren’t sure where to start, you might want to consider martial arts classes. Two- and three-year-olds can learn a lot in martial arts. It’s great to get them started in a sport when they are young so they can get a head start and have ample time to develop the skills. At this age, children are just old enough to be aware of their bodies and surroundings, so it’s a great time to get started. Here are a few reasons why:
Martial arts classes can help kids develop hand-eye coordination as well as motor skills in general. Punches, kicks, and stances can all help a child fine tune their coordination.
Following instructions from a martial arts instructor teaches young kids how to listen and give authority figures respect. This is great for three-year-old to learn before he or she starts school.
Depending on the class/teacher, your child might learn about “stranger danger” and how to defend themselves against other scary things.
Martial arts is a sport the whole family can get into, so if you’d like to take part in an activity with your child, martial arts is a great option. Also, your child might be more inspired to learn if they see you doing the same things they are doing.
5 Benefits of Martial Arts for Children
Having kids participate in sports from a young age is very beneficial. Depending on the sport, the child will learn various skills and character traits. Plus, kids have fun at the same time so they don’t even realize that they’re learning more than just how to throw a ball or a punch. Martial arts is a great sport for children to participate in because it teaches them a lot of unique things that other sports teach, while also teaching them how to defend themselves properly. Here are five (of many) benefits that kids will take away from their martial arts classes:
Conflict resolution: Martial arts teaches kids that you should always look for a solution to a conflict that doesn’t involve fighting. Hurtful words aren’t worth physically fighting over, as martial arts skills should only be used during class or for self-defense. In martial arts, children learn to stop a fight before it ever starts.
Exercise: As with any other sport, martial arts is a form of exercise. It’s important for kids to be active in an era where childhood obesity is at an all-time high. While martial arts can demand a high level of activity, even kids who aren’t as good at other sports can excel. No need to throw a ball through a hoop or hit a home run; kids will get fit simply through learning skills in the class.
Focus: Learning kicks and punches, and being able to hit a target takes an incredible amount of focus. Children might not experience having to reach this level of focus on a daily basis, but when they experience it in a martial arts class, it helps them learn the value of working hard and then they often take that mentality with them into other aspects of life.
Inner peace: Part of learning martial arts is learning to be aware of yourself inside and out. Your mind has to be clear to learn and absorb new skills, and often times there will be a reflection period at the end of martial arts classes to think about what was learned in class or to more generally think about that day as a whole. This can even involve calming and controlled breathing exercises. It’s not likely that a child will meditate or reflect, even if asked to by their parents, but it can and does happen in martial arts.
Balance and posture: There are several stances that are learned in martial arts, and these stances are the basis for proper kicking and punching technique. When you combine all of these things together, you are learning to have proper posture and how to balance your body. This is great for young children especially, as they are still getting used to how their body works.
How to Stay Fit During College
If you’re worried about gaining the “Freshman 15” in college (and perhaps even a few more 15’s in the following years), you should think about getting on a consistent exercise schedule and eating healthy foods. Taking these two steps can really help prevent you from packing on the pounds and can even make you feel better about yourself!
College class schedules can be crazy and hectic, but if you evaluate your class schedule each semester, you can find time for regular exercise. For example, if you have back-to-back classes three days a week but then only one class the other two days, consider setting time aside on those less busy days for working out. This can be anything from jogging to jump roping or even using a workout DVD.
However, if you find that you aren’t motivated to work out even when you have the time, it can be helpful to go to a class at a local gym or sporting/workout facility. A great option for Cal State San Marcos students is a martial arts or Boxfit class at Orion Martial Arts in north county San Diego. Orion’s classes provide a cardio and strengthening workout, and can even help you learn self-defense moves. With all the benefits that one class offers, you’re sure to get the most out of your scheduled workout time.
It’s also important to eat right if you want to avoid the Freshman 15. It can be tempting to buy a bag of chips from a vending machine and load up on sugary coffee drinks, but instead you should try consuming healthier versions of these items. If you crave salty or crunchy snacks, try pretzels, rice cakes, or snacks made from vegetables.
For a caffeine fix, you can make your own coffee at home and add a small amount of flavored drink syrup for a touch of sweetness. You can also drink tea and add your favorite fruits to it. Regardless of what you eat, just ask yourself if there’s something better you can be eating. And for long days on campus, arm your bag with snacks and foods that are high in fiber and protein so you don’t get hungry as often as you would if you ate junk food.
While each college student’s life, body, schedule, and habits are different, you can avoid putting on extra weight while in school. Finding a proper balance of exercise, diet, and time can help immensely.
Exercising As A Family
With obesity numbers growing, it is more important than ever to focus on leading a healthy lifestyle. Working out for 30-minutes to an hour a day is vital for maintaining a your health and overall happiness. That's why here at Orion Martial Arts, we focus on teaching safety and self defense techniques through having fun and working out.
Here are some helpful tips for starting an active lifestyle as a family:
- Start by taking a walk together following dinner or taking your dog out for a walk together. Not only will this help breakdown the food you just ate, but it will also allow for family bonding and relaxation.
- Get the whole family involved in household chores by making a fun and interactive game out of it. Cleaning the house burns more calories than you think, so why not have fun doing it by making a family event out of it.
- Use commercials as quick workout times. Practice your forms, punches and kicks in between your favorite show.
- Use special occasions and family gatherings to meet at a park and play outdoor games.
- Park farther away from your destinations and count steps with your children. Track your steps and see if you can beat the distance next time.
- Train and exercise as a family. Your younger ones can imitate you with lighter toys (“weights”) or simulate your movements, as well attending our Ninja Class.
- Chart your daily events as a family and post it on your fridge so that you can all see your progress and goals reached.
Living an active lifestyle as a family will motivate and encourage you to achieve more benefits together. Call Orion Martial Arts (760) 445-9731 today to visit our facilities and programs, and get your active lifestyle going!
Summer Heat Safety
Summer heat waves can be dangerous and as we begin the hottest month of summer it’s important to be aware of proper heat protection. Whether you are working or having fun in the sun with family and friends, one should take extra care in aiding the body’s cooling methods this month to prevent heat-related illnesses. In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods.
Here are some tips to protect your wellbeing as the temperatures heat up higher then usual.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Regardless of your physical activity level, you want to maintain proper hydration to help cool down your body.
- Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen. Bring hats and shade items when you know you will be outdoors for long periods of time.
- Allowing yourself to stay indoors in an air conditioned setting for up to 2 hours a day significantly reduces risks of heat-related illnesses.
- Use common sense. Slow down and pace yourself when playing outdoors during hot summer months.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion: cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and exhaustion.
If you see someone experiencing signs of heat exhaustion then be prepared to help by moving the person to a cooler place, remove or loosen any tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person and give them small amounts of cool water to drink, but make sure that they drink the water slowly.
Here at Orion Martial Arts we care about your overall wellbeing. Please be sure to take the proper precautions pre-and-post workouts, especially when the weather is hotter than usual.