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Stay Fit With Brazilian Martial Arts

judo-297653_960_720Hey, everyone! I’ve been in a ‘writing’ mood these days, so here are some of my fresh thoughts on how you can actually make your life healthier and try to live offline, at least for a while. Many might think: well what’s the problem, dude? Just do some workouts or jog in the morning, like millions do. Eh, you know it’s not that I’m too lazy to do those, but why not try making your fitness routines a little bit more interesting and fun? That’s why I’ve recently decided to find out the hidden benefits of an exotic activity such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. So, let’s get started!

My regular readers probably know that I have never tried any of the Eastern martial arts (origami does not count, unfortunately, ha-ha). My fighting experience does not go any further than some minor kid fights at the primary school backyard ending with a couple of bruises and a disciplinary punishment from the school management. However, staying fit is something I have always been dedicated to in spite of my computer addiction.

For this reason, I have recently decided to visit one of my friends who’s fond of BJJ and has been practicing it for a couple of years already. So here’s what I have found out.

First of all, you don’t need any special equipment to start practicing BJJ, except maybe a comfortable Gi like those you can find at BJJBOOTCAMP. Most of the students who have just started training say that they have quickly lost excessive weight and feel like their bodies are much more flexible now. Many also talk about how much strength they have gained and how they are in better shape.

Many people start practicing this kind of sport in order to look better as well as to learn using their body as one unit. I believe this is a good idea for our current society, with its permanent sitting in a car or in front of a computer. As you increase your body awareness, you soon gain mobility and strength even though you might not necessarily see it on the mats. In other words, physical fitness is one of the key aspects of BJJ and that’s what probably makes it so popular.

Along with physical enhancements coming as a result of BJJ training, you get mental improvements which can be often overlooked. While learning a technique, you must apply a great deal of mental activity as if you were studying a school subject. Some say it is the most challenging part of the process requiring concentration as well as a great deal of agility. So if you’re an impulsive person who gets easily frustrated when things get hard, BJJ is probably not for you.

However, hard training may teach you to direct your emotions to reach your goals which I believe is quite a rewarding experience. The ability to stand up and continue every time you fall (literally) is a great ability you can acquire while practicing BJJ. In my opinion, this sport offers great opportunities to improve your body and your mind. So if you haven’t decided yet what kind of sport to go for, try BJJ as an option.

Tips to protect you from health issues due to prolonged sitting

Tips to protect you from health issues due to prolonged sittingHey, everyone! It’s great to be back. I just returned from visiting my friend at the hospital. He had severe back pain and had to stay overnight. He has a job that needs him to sit for long hours on end. Sitting in the same position for over eight hours or more in a day can easily take its toll on your health, which my friend had found out the hard way. Seeing him in trouble, I had to rethink my own position. With my penchant to sit in front of the computer for long hours, I think that my body has taken quite a good deal of abuse.

Since I started playing video games quite at an early age and all through high school and later too all that strain may be too much for my body to take.  But seeing my friend’s plight, I think that there is only so much my resilient body can take and it is time I did something for the problem. Even with the video production, edition and other works I do, I have to sit in a place for long hours on end driving the need for a more effective way to keep my health in good condition.

As my friend said, too much time spent sitting in the same place not only serves to increase the body weight, but also shortens your life span by nearly six years. In short, you are digging a grave for yourself by the prolonged sitting you do.

Further, you tend to slouch when you sit for long hours, which can lead to a bad posture. When you sit erect and in the right posture that keeps your back from feeling the strain, the harmful effects are reduced greatly. Using posture braces such as those available at this site help in improving posture considerably.

While it is difficult to avoid working in front of a computer at present, you need to know the effect the prolonged sitting can bring including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In fact sitting for long hours, even if you are working can lead to increased mortality rate. Even if this sounds crazy, colon and breast cancers, diabetes, and heart diseases occur more, when you sit for a long time, and are exacerbated too. Further, even if you go a gym or jog daily, the prolonged sitting can counteract the health effects fully.

And as far as cancer is concerned, there are several trigger factors such as microwaves, X-rays, cat scans and cellphones. A study on the number of people affected by breast cancer and colon cancer in the US show that inactivity is a direct cause. This is because of the increase in inflammation the inactivity initiates.

But you need not panic, as experts give you a way out, which is taking a short break from your work every hour. You can stretch your feet, take a walk, have a drink, or do anything that needs some activity on your part. This can actually save you from an untimely end or attracting deadly diseases. This could also help reduce the waistline, boost good cholesterol levels, and increase your insulin resistance.