Fight Obesity – The Answer is in Combat Sports
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), 13% of world’s population is now obese. About 1.9 billion people are overweight. If you are part of this statistic, then you need some tough love. On this world obesity day, you need to stop and consider all the ills that are caused and take steps to become healthier.
It can be difficult to be in that situation. You cannot figure out what to do to get a better fitness level.
Your answers can be found in combat sports.
BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Boxing, etc. are all activities that you can join without worrying about whether you are too big to do them.
We are here to tell you that you are NOT!
World Obesity Day Commitment
Before you may have thought I need to lose weight to do martial arts or join a combat sports class but today that all should stop!
You Do Not need to be in shape to do MMA or boxing.
You Do Not need to lose weight before joining an MMA or boxing gym.
That’s the whole purpose of combat sports like boxing for example; you can get into shape and lose weight. You will also get stronger, build confidence, relieve stress, burn a lot of calories, and get many other benefits.
Now that you have decided to join a combat sports class. Pick one sport. No Excuses.
You will see a lot of people coming to class that are fitter than you and pick up the moves and techniques very easily.
Don’t worry about them.
In fact, just ignore them.
You shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone. Eventually, with commitment and focus, you will get better at it.
Because of your weight you will have to move at a snail’s pace. But move you shall!
Prepare for Reality
You will not make it through your first training. That’s a fact.
Don’t be embarrassed by it. It is to be expected. You have to keep coming back and try to keep up with the rest of the class.
That’s how you get respect. Rule 1 of combat sports: have no quit in you when you join combat sports.
Another thing to be prepared for…
You will feel awkward and out of place.
All these young and fit athletes will be all around you doing physical feats that are impressive.
There you will be trying not to cough out your lungs.
They will not want to train with you because you will be not-so-good at the sport.
It is to be expected and it Shouldn’t phase you!
Don’t be turned off by all of this, because it is the harsh reality and you have to come to terms with and be determined to beat all these hurdles.
Intimacy of Combat Sports
Many people don’t realize this but there is an intimacy in combat sports, especially BJJ and MMA.
You have to practice moves and be in every awkward positions with other fighters.
Not to mention the fact that you will be sweating buckets when you are doing these moves.
If you are bigger than most people in the gym, you will feel unconfident and hesitant when you are asked to practice those moves.
That initial hesitation will go away. Trust Us.
Once you get into the physicality of the sports, you will start to get more confident.
Emotions will be all over the place
One minute you will feel good about yourself. The next you will be regretting your decision to join a combat sports gym. Then you will be back to the good feelings again.
This emotional roller coaster is part of every fighters’ training regimen.
Know that you are not the only one facing this situation.
You have to let the emotions come and be free of them when you train.
There are no more excuses left for you, so go online and find a gym near you that has combat sports classes for beginners.
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If you are hesitant, checkout our Training and Tutorial section. You will find all the information about what to expect when you go to your first class.
To conclude, any combat sports you choose will offer good cardio, intense physicality, and great fun. There will be comradery there that will accept anyone, even people who are larger.
If you stick to the sport long-term, you WILL see the health and fitness benefits it will deliver.
Say goodbye to inactivity and get to FIGHTING!