People tend to practice some sort of physical activity under the assumption they need a more fit body, but more than occasionally there are some underlying psychological issues that need to be treated. We are not talking about some serious conditions, but lighter ones, such as lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, for example.
It is easy to explain how to create a fit body, but what about a fit mind? Will that happen along with body exertion? How much muscle mass affects our brain? Relation between mind and body might be easily spotted in people who practice martial arts. Learning how to physically resolve a conflict will help with resolving any kind of conflict, verbally and mentally, of course. We could say that learning how to deal with one type of problem teaches us how to deal with all problems.
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Martial arts (usually those that include punching and kicking, such as boxing, karate etc.) are great for releasing the negative energy that accumulates while on a job during a day. We can say that heavy bag workout and mental fitness are connected. Negativity can be pointed toward the bag in a series of techniques that involve hitting the mentioned bag. Of course, at first, punches and kicks will not be precise and a lot of energy will be spent in vain. But as the time goes by, the effectiveness of training sessions will increase and therefore, practitioner will learn how to land a good kick or punch. On the bag of course. And with that, mental fitness will come easily. Some say that you cannot be nervous and show negative feelings when your arms and legs are literally falling off because of tiredness. And, there just might be some truth in that phrase.
Second stage, which comes after the bag, is practicing with another person. In true martial arts, there are no opponents, only partners. When that is realized, practicing will become much easier and energy will not be wasted at all. The longer we preserve our energy, the training is more and more effective, thus making a practitioner feel good about himself or herself, especially at the end of training sessions, when every muscle aches, but there is still a fact that something useful was learned, something that might help in life.
Learning how to punch a bag, how to disarm someone, defend from someone, simply makes us feel safer in the world we are living. It might not seem much, but for some, nothing more is needed.