When most people think of self-defense classes, a couple things usually come to mind. The first thing is that these are exhausting classes that require a high level of fitness and agility, and second, that these classes are reserved for combat athletes or those who are particularly vulnerable on the streets.
Some portions of these concepts do hold true. For example, they often are exhausting, and sometimes these classes are catered to people who may be deemed more vulnerable, such as smaller young women who live in a densely populated urban setting. However, at the end of the day, anyone can benefit from self-defense classes, it’s just a matter of finding a style fo workout that will suit your needs.
Self-Defense Classes for Losing Weight
Losing weight can be a daunting challenge to begin with, let alone doing this in an unfamiliar setting around other people. However, in our experience, we find that those who come into a more energetic and social setting to reach their weight-loss goals end up being more successful and having more fun in the process, ultimately encouraging them to keep it up and maintain their weight loss, which can sometimes be the most difficult part. This isn’t as simple as walking into any gym, signing up for classes, and expecting immediate results. Therefore, we would like to offer a couple tips to help you reach your goals in this type of setting.
1. Try not to worry about what other people think!
Yeah yeah, we’ve all heard this before. But seriously, it’s true. Perhaps people have wrongly judged you out in the general public, but in a fitness setting, you will be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t encourage your goals and look at you with admiration. Losing weight is a difficult task, but committing to a program and acting on it is equally praiseworthy, so try not to think negatively of yourself or what other people may think, and instead, take it all in and do your best!
2. Ease into it – Don’t expect immediate results
Aside from initially losing some water weight, don’t expect an overnight transformation. Losing weight is a gradual process, but one where you can see some sort of progress almost every day. It’s easy to get carried away at the beginning, especially after the initial soreness that accompanies being inactive for a long period of time. Start slow and work your way up. This will help you avoid any nagging overuse injuries that can throw a wrench in your plans.
Many overweight individuals find exercise to be hard on the knees, as these joints are subjected to huge loads under gravity. Even the skinniest people have knee problems! In this case, you may want to consider wearing some sort of knee brace or sleeve that helps reduce pain and provides a little bit of extra support, taking a bit of the load off your knees. Brace Access is a great site for larger knee braces, and they even have a line devoted to the popular XXXL size in particular. They also provide some information on what designs or suitable for different needs, so check that out if your knees are something you’re concerned about.
3. Go as a group, or try and make some friends!
Attending classes with friends, or becoming friends or friendly acquaintances with your fitness classmates can really help motivate you to keep it up. With health and fitness goals of any sort, peaks and valleys in motivation can be expected. Having others around to help keep you on track, even if it’s simply by making you feel obligated to go, can often pay off. It can also make the classes more enjoyable, and you can also sort out plans for after, such as visiting a coffee shop or some other relaxing and healthy activity. One motto we truly believe in is that you will never regret working out, but you may regret not working out.
These are just some general tips to think about to help get you started and keep you on track with your weight-loss goals. Fitness and self-defense classes offer a fun way to reach your goals, while also teaching you a lot of other things in the process. Even if you decide not to let us help you wiht this, we encourage you to stay motivated. Get after it!