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Martial arts may help people stay healthier

What’s a person to do when they’re inundated with constant talk of “pandemic” and “H1N1”? The media buzz is enough to frighten even the toughest of people.

“Get the H1N1 vaccine,” say some. Others argue that the cure may be worse than the virus itself.

Well, whether you do or don’t want to take your chances with the vaccine, why not get more active? Physical activity is proven to boost the immune system and reduce stress--which can weaken a person and leave them open to many forms of disease and illness. Couple exercise with meditation, and you’ve got a winning health combination.

Many people complain they don’t have enough time to exercise and meditate. There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. So why not combine the two by practicing martial arts? Most disciplines incorporate intense physical conditioning with some form of meditative practice. Studies have found that people who exercise and meditate are not only healthier, but they’re happier, have more energy, and find it easier to focus than those who don’t.

So no matter what you think about the vaccine or the upcoming flu season, why not take a natural and effective step towards becoming healthier, happier, and less stressed about what may or may not be a future “pandemic”.



  • Jon klipstein 5 years ago

    I have been reading Kim's articles and this one really stuck with me. I was heavily involved in martial arts for a long time, but eventually gave it up. As we grow older and become more involved in our careers and social lives, we tend to find excuses to not stay active. I myself landed a great job that required long hours and constant stress. I found it weighing heavily on my family life as well as being sick more often. I recently joined an MMA class and have been becoming reacclomated with martial arts. I have found that I have more energy at work, better focus, I don't feel drained when I come home to my beautiful wife which has improved my marriage. You have to make time for a healthier and happier life.

  • Kim Myhre 5 years ago

    Thanks for the comment, Jon. I appreciate that you read and maybe even take something away from my articles:)