by Rachel Tipovski, blogger
After working so hard to tone up for spring break it’s tempting to take a vacation from your new and improved healthy eating habits. There are ways to stay on track without depriving yourself of the foods you love, just make a few adjustments to your regular routine.
Something all women, especially college students, can benefit from is learning about self-defense. Women ages 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of suffering from a violent attack or rape, according to the U.S Census Bureau. Martial arts like self defense training can help people develop confidence in themselves and their surroundings. Also, this type of exercise is a challenging way to shed pounds and improve your health.
Self-defense classes offer benefits beyond learning about self-protection. Classes can help improve muscle tone, build strength, and increase balance and coordination. The different kicks, punches and blocks help to tone muscles. The push and pull of muscles against one another results in a large amount of force you may not be getting from your basic cardio work out. Additionally, the different stances strengthen leg muscles allowing for better balance and endurance.
Self-defense classes at your local gym may differ slightly from more rigorous training. Classes may focus on basic strikes and blocks while others may concentrate more on balance and poses. These types of sessions are slightly more aerobic, but all classes have similar elements to give you a full-body work out.