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Practicing martial arts brings hidden beneďŹ ts Tae kwon do and hap ki do are typically viewed exclusively as forms of self defense. However, these forms of martial arts may also be an excellent way to help you keep your New Years resolution to get in shape. Practicing martial arts regularly may lead to improvement in Francis Moore the areas of exis marital arts ibility, balance, instructor at Covenant Wellness c o o r d i n a t i o n , Center in Waterloo. stamina and body Contact him at awareness. These 272-2255. health benefits, along with stress release and cardiovascular beneďŹ ts, can help you to live a longer, happier and healthier life. Martial arts are popular among middle-aged and elderly people because of the tremendous antiaging beneďŹ ts that come with this type of exercise. In many Asian countries it is common to see groups of elderly people practicing tai chi in public areas. Although many of these people are in their 70s and 80s, they are in much better health than many of their counterparts in America, where this practice has not yet become so popular. Martial arts are proven to improve immune systems and could greatly beneďŹ t American adults who are more likely to develop chronic diseases at an early age. Thirty-four percent of American adults are now considered overweight and this may lead to other health issues like cancer and diabetes.

According to NaturalNews. com, people in their 40s and 50s who practice martial arts regularly have 12 percent less body fat and are able to do twice as many sit ups as their counterparts who do not practice martial arts. These individuals have greater exibility and balance and overall happiness with their lives. Many of these results may appear more quickly from martial arts than they do from other types of exercise, and that is partially due to the level of intensity that comes with practicing martial arts. Each type of martial art will produce results, but the extent depends on the amount of work that each individual is willing to put into their martial arts program. Tae kwon do and tai chi are some of the most popular forms of martial arts, but there are many other forms that may be right for you. There are different styles of martial arts that focus on different areas of health improvement, and each person needs to choose a style that is right for them. The more difficult styles of martial arts are made up of aerobic and cardiovascular routines, while the less strenuous styles focus on exibility and control. Choosing and following a style of martial arts can be difficult to do on your own, but there are many martial arts schools in Northeast Iowa that can help you. Adding martial arts to your exercise routine can help you make good on your resolutions this New Year and may add many happy and healthy years to your life.



Wartburg College We make leaders Sharon Corrigan / 1980 graduate Vice president for marketing Jaguar North America Named by Automotive News as one of the leading women in the automotive industry Corrigan was honored for her longstanding leadership roles in the automotive industry. She has helped spearhead the transformation of Jaguar in the United States through advertising and public relations initiatives “to get people to realize that we are not the old Jaguar, but a new, contemporary luxury brand.� Jaguar reported a 14% year-to-date increase in sales in November.

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